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Air National Guard offers travel opportunities

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  • By Airman 1st Class Amber Mullen
  • 178th Wing

Travelling and being able to see the world are at the top of many people’s bucket lists. For Airmen in the Air National Guard, having the opportunity to travel can become a reality.

Being in the Air National Guard allows Airmen to have the opportunity to travel to new places whether it be stateside or overseas.

“The best part about travelling in the Guard is that you get to experience new places and meet new people,” said Senior Airman Zachary Holt, a flight and operational medical technician assigned to the 178th Medical Group.

 Travelling allows Airmen to broaden their horizons, build relationships, and embrace different cultures from around the world.

“Travelling gives you a lot of cultural experience,” said Staff Sgt. Theopolos, a medical technician assigned to the 178th Medical Group. “Understanding the culture is important because we have bases all over the world. Being open-minded and understanding helps build relationships with the local communities.”

 Interacting with people who come from different cultures and backgrounds is beneficial to increasing awareness and cultural diversity.

“Seeing different cultures has opened my eyes and has helped me see things from others point of view,” said Holt. “This contributes to the mission because you work with people from all walks of life. Being able to connect with and understand people helps me do my job better.”

Through travel, Airmen are given the chance to work at different bases and units with other Airmen they would not usually work with on a daily basis. This allows Airmen to sharpen their skills in their career field and learn from others.

“When you work with others, you are not only making your unit better,” said Theopolos. “You are impacting other units too and all around, you’re making the Air Force better.”

Being able to travel in the Air National Guard provides Airmen with new experiences that help them broaden their horizons and enhance their skills. The experiences gained through travelling enhance the service member’s contribution to the success of the mission.