Becoming a Second Lieutenant

When I commissioned I became a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. It was a day I had been striving toward and dreaming about. I would have gold bars put on my shoulder and I would transition from being a cadet to an officer.

At my commissioning, eight other cadets sat with me. We all had made it to the day of commissioning. A few were going to be future pilots, other contractors, and me I was going to be a Civil Engineer. To tell you the truth, I really had no idea what I was going to do.

A Civil Engineer

I had gone to school to become a Civil Engineer and had focused mainly on roads and other transportation aspects, but how that would prepare me for what I was going to do, I really didn’t know. I had heard that school was just to prove your ability to learn and that you would learn all new things out as a professional.Are you considering joining the military? Have you signed up to join the military but still have questions? Check out my free guide to help you prepare for military life. Check out a girls guide to military life today. #militarywomen #joiningthemilitary #military

When I got to my first assignment I learned that Civil Engineers in the Air Force do more than sit behind a desk. The Base Civil Engineer (or my boss) was in charge of all things on the base related to keeping it running. If there was a natural disaster he was in the Emergency Operations Center. He was also the Fire Chief. And he had his hands in so many different pies it was amazing he was ever able to go home each day.

Being a Second Lieutenant

I loved my job in the Air Force. I learned so much from my time in the military.  And some days I really miss all the fun I had. My favorite job was being an inspector of all the different construction projects at my first base, Holloman AFB. It was great because each day I was able to go outside and see the site. Buildings were built right before my eyes. It was a fascinating job.

I also deployed to Afghanistan shortly after being promoted to 1st Lieutenant. I was part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team where our mission was to help the Afghan people directly through government support and engineering projects. After that assignment, I went to Ohio and worked in Energy Management at the Headquarters. It was an interesting and exciting six years. And when I left I began my new role as a mom and military spouse.

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5 comments on “Becoming a Second Lieutenant

    • You know what just occurred to me? We graduated at the same time and were both managing contractors on a construction project at the same time.
      The difference?
      You were thousands of miles from home and I was a thousand feet from home.
      I’m sure some of my subs wanted to kill me though…

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