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Photographer uses entrepreneurship skills to enhance her military career

Tech. Sgt. Elisabeth Gelhar, a photojournalist assigned to the 178th Public Affairs, poses for a photo in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Gelhar owns her own photo business and has a passion for photography. (Courtesy photo)

Tech. Sgt. Elisabeth Gelhar, a photojournalist assigned to the 178th Public Affairs, poses for a photo in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Gelhar owns her own photo business and has a passion for photography. (Courtesy photo)

SPRINGFIELD-BECKLEY AIR GUARD BASE, Ohio --

      Photography allows people to capture moments in time, events, and loved ones. Photos provide a visual record of history and freeze moments that people can cherish forever.

       Tech. Sgt. Elisabeth Gelhar, a photojournalist assigned to the 178th Wing Public Affairs office, developed a passion for photography at a young age. As she got older, she was able to turn this passion into a business.

      “Having my own business allows me to pursue my passion for photography, be creative, and do something I love,” said Gelhar.

       As a photojournalist in the Air National Guard, Gelhar is able to showcase her passion for photography through her job in the military.

      “Being a photographer in the civilian world makes me more passionate about what I do in the military,” said Gelhar. 

       Through owning her own business, Gelhar has learned valuable skills such as management and ownership that she has been able to carry over to her military career.

      “Being an entrepreneur helps with program ownership,” said Gelhar. “In the military you are assigned projects and have goals to meet. By having experience with program ownership, it helps motivate you and allows you to accomplish the projects you are assigned.”

       The creativity and passion that Gelhar uses to manage her own business shines through in her career at the 178th Wing.