Name: Rob Walker
Branch: United States Air Force
Age Joined: 22
Rank: E-5 Staff Sergeant
Years Served: 10 years
What made you want to serve our country?
I wanted the satisfaction of serving our country. I needed money for college, and wanted to learn a trade that would help me in the civilian community.
What advice would you give someone looking to go into the military?
The military is an excellent choice to begin your career. I gained experience in a trade, leadership skills, a get it done attitude, life experience, and discipline. The military is a great place to start!
What is your favorite quote?
“You will meet some of your best friends in life in the military.”
Did you make any close friendships while in the service? Did you continue any of those relationships?
Yes, I met some of my best friends ever in the military. I stay in contact and visit them whenever I can. This is my best take-away from the military. Best friends for life.
What was the best and worst ‘military’ food you were served, and why?
MRE’s (meals ready to eat)-worst food. This is food served when you are out in the field. MRE’s have gotten better over the years but it’s still not good food. It will just keep you alive and from going hungry. Best food, really can’t remember anything great. However, the dinner halls served good food overall.
How does your military experience affect your life today?
The experience I gained in the AF helps me every day. It gives me a can-do attitude! I work remotely in my current job and it gives me
the drive to get up and get started every day without having a boss looking over my shoulder making sure I am actually working. I am self-motivated! I am driven to do a good job every day!
Were you awarded any medals or citations? How did you get them?
Was given several achievement medals and good conduct medals. The achievement medals were for supporting Desert Storm and the Gulf War. The good conduct medals were for doing a job well done and not getting into any trouble.
Do you recall the day your service ended?
Yes, May 22nd 1998. I was at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC.
What did you do in the days and weeks afterward?
I had a job already lined up before I left the A.F. so I started work the next week at Lockheed Martin Aircraft Center in Greenville, SC. My experience in the A.F. gave me the edge in getting this job.
Where did you travel while in the service?
I traveled mostly in the U.S. while I was in. Texas, Nevada, Louisiana, North Carolina, and traveled once to Cold Lake, Alberta Canada.
Why did you pick the service branch you joined?
I had several good friends who joined the A.F. and they provided feedback about their experience. Also, I felt the A.F. would provide me the best skills that would translate to the civilian workforce.
Do you recall your first days in service?
Yes, I was very scared, nervous, and homesick! However, I knew I had made the right choice! Joining the Air Force is the one BEST decision I have ever made in my life!
Was there something special you did for “good luck”?
I prayed every day!
Did you work or go back to school?
I went back to school when I got out and finished my B.S. and MBA degrees in Business.
Is there anything you would like to add that we have not covered?
The military is not for everyone but for the right people, it’s a great place to start. I absolutely loved my time in the Air Force! The experience, the training, the leadership skills, and the life-long friendships I gained while in the military are priceless.