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Why I wear the uniform

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Airman 1st Class Billy Beattie, 50th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- --

Many people wear the U.S. Air Force uniform for very different reasons; whether it is to follow in the footsteps of their parents or family members who served, to better themselves as individuals, to provide for their families, to serve their country or any combination of those.

Regardless of why each Airman puts the uniform on, it is the one thing that unites us and shows the world that, although we come from all walks of life, we are a unified force.

Serving in the U.S. Air Force has been a dream of mine ever since high school.

Growing up, I didn’t know many people who served in the military, so the lifestyle was foreign to me. Because of this, I decided to go to college, putting my dream of joining the Air Force aside for the time being.

The desire to serve my country had resurfaced, and I feared that I would look back one day and regret never joining the Air Force. So, I decided to reach out to a recruiter, and six months later I was boarding a plane to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to start my Air Force journey, and I have not once regretted the decision.

It has now been almost seven months since I began my Air Force career, and each morning I wake up and put on the uniform proudly. I wear the uniform to make my family proud, to ensure that they are safe and can enjoy the freedoms many people in our country take for granted. I wear the uniform for the veterans who served before me, to carry on their legacy and uphold the standards that are expected of me and my fellow Airmen.

Lastly, I wear the uniform to honor the decision I made to join the military and be able to look myself in the mirror and proudly know I am a part of something greater than myself.