Why I Wear the Uniform

Airman 1st Class William Cummings

Airman 1st Class William Cummings

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- When I was younger, I would wait for my dad to get home from work. I always remember how good he looked in his uniform when he walked through the door at the end of the day. As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to wear the same uniform as him. I was too young to understand what it stood for or why he put it on every day, but I knew it was something special and I wanted to be a part of it.

As I grew older, I started to see it was not as simple as funny green clothes my father and his friends wore every day. It stood for commitment, dedication and sacrifice. It told the world you were America’s elite, and ready to fight for your country and family if need be. Once I understood that, I wanted to be sure I would wear it one day.

Understanding what it stands for is one thing, but feeling it is another. Back in 2012 I met an amazing woman who would later become my wife. She became my entire world and I wanted nothing but the best for her. That was the final push I needed to put on the Air Force uniform for the first time.

Wearing it gave me a pride I had never felt before. I was following a lifelong dream and taking care of the woman I loved at the same time.

Why do I wear the uniform? I wear it to feel pride, to know I am part of something bigger than myself, to be able to defend the country when its people cannot fight for themselves. I wear it to proceed with what my father and grandfather started, but most of all I wear it for my wife, because I would not trust anyone else to protect her.