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Picture in Uniform
This photo was taken by in 2010 during the Grand Forks Air Force Base Air Show. I was arriving at a stationary clinic to assist with patient care.

I'm an American Airman

I walked into a Marines recruiter's office in September 2008.

I had just moved to the United States at that time, and life wasn't easy or cheap.

I went home after that visit and told my mom and stepdad that I was joining the Marines.

My stepdad freaked out, as he had been in this country long enough to know what a bad idea that was. So I ended up joining the Air Force and becoming a medic.

I went to boot camp in May 2009. Most of the girls I went to training with hated it. Some broke down nearly every day.

But I loved it! I felt as if I were the main character of a movie. You know, waking up at 4:30 a.m. at the sound of a trumpet and all.

After boot camp, I went to Technical School, where I obtained all of my certifications to become a national registered emergency medical technician (EMT).

School was hard, but it only lasted about six months. I was pretty excited when I graduated.

I had a chance to go visit my family in Miami in November 2009. And on January 2, 2010, I flew to Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I was there (and hated the cold weather) for 18 months.

In May 2011 I received good news. I was moving back to Florida to finish school. I was transferred to the 125th Fighter Wing Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville, and moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida.

I am still a member of the Air Guard, and my enlistment expires in 2013. I'm not sure yet whether or not I want to reenlist.