Mass enlistment sets bar high for future Airmen

Capt. Jarrod Begy, 71st Intelligence Squadron, administers the Oath of Enlistment to the 445th Airlift Wing recruits Feb. 24, 2018 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Capt. Jarrod Begy, 71st Intelligence Squadron, administers the Oath of Enlistment to the 445th Airlift Wing recruits Feb. 24, 2018 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ethan Spickler)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

Recruiters from the 445th Airlift Wing held a mass enlistment ceremony Feb. 24, 2018, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. This ceremony represents the pivotal first steps that all Airmen take and highlights the extensive work our recruiters do in order to secure candidates with potential. With solid leadership throughout their careers, these candidates will join the ranks of the world’s most prestigious air power.

 

This concept was spiritually reinforced with the honors held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the world renowned historical archive of the Air Force’s greatest triumphs and most difficult challenges.

 

“Having participated in this event in this setting was truly an honor,” said trainee Brant J. Washburn, a participant in the festivities. “It really made this experience memorable and made me feel a sense of pride.”

 

That sense of pride was certainly palpable as the enlistees raised their right hands and swore the oath of enlistment, carving into proverbial stone their commitment to duty, integrity and excellence.  The oath of enlistment was given by Captain Jarrod Begy of the 71st Intelligence Squadron.

 

Among the participants was trainee Grace E. Stewart whose father, retired Chief Master Sergeant Michael V. Stewart, served in the Air Force for more than twenty years and was in attendance during the proceedings.

 

“To see my daughter join the Air Force is amazing,” said Mr. Stewart. “Our family has a long tradition of serving our country, and I’m proud to see her carry on in our footsteps.”

 

Trainee Stewart is likewise exuberant about the presence of her family, the future of her career and the steps she has taken to get here.     

 

“I am looking forward to everything that is ahead of me in my life,” she said. “It feels amazing to have all of the support of my family, and having my dad here to be a part of it means so much to me.”

 

The enlistment ceremony is the first and one of the most important benchmarks in the career of every Airman. This occasion forms the foundation of pride and esprit de corps that makes each and every one of us who we are.

 

The recruiters of the 445th Airlift Wing have proctored hundreds of enlistments, each one underlining the monumental commitment to serve made by dedicated men and women.

 

“Our job as recruiters is to prepare these young people to become Airmen”, said Senior Master Sgt. Randi Cross, the senior recruiter at the 445th Airlift Wing.

 

“We are the tip of the spear, and our mission is to man the Air Force with the most capable people that we can. This ceremony truly is a memorable occasion for all of these trainees. We are bringing these young people into the Air Force essentially, and this will be their first real exposure to the limitless opportunities that they will have.”  

 

As an iconic introduction to the historic culture of the United States military, there is no better way to usher in the future faces of the Air Force than for them to publicly and solemnly affirm their unwavering dedication amongst their families, their colleagues and the relics of an illustrious past.