Air Force

September 3, 2013

Crossing into the Blue

Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Bradley Rector, 25th Operational Weather Squadron senior duty officer, served in the U.S. Marines for 10 years before crossing into the blue.

Rector joined the Marines in 1999, in his early 20s. Young and determined, no one could change his mind.

After Marine boot camp, Rector was stationed at Marine Corp Air Station Futenma, Japan, as a weather troop for his entire Marine Corps career.

In his 10 years in the Corps, Rector deployed eight times and served numerous stints on a ship as well as a combat tour.

Rector had a love-hate relationship with the Marines. Once he became a family man he decided he wanted to spend more time with them.

“In the Marines it is God, Country, Corps,” Rector said. “My priorities had changed; it was God, Country, Family, Corps. That slight bump down will make the world of difference in your career.”

So after 10 years, Rector denied his proposed assignment and got out of the Marines with the intent to join the U.S. Air Force.

“I moved back home to upstate New York with active duty Air Force in mind,” Rector said. “I knew I still wanted to be in the military and also knew the Air Force is more family-centric.”

According to regulations it is mandatory for prior service marines to receive a waiver. At the time, the Air Force was not accepting waivers. The recruiter advised him to get in contact with another Air Force component.

“I quickly got in contact with an Air Force Reserve recruiter,” Rector said. “I was in the reserves for 3 years, and it was such a huge difference from the Marines.”

Rector worked several civilian jobs while in the reserves.

“I worked as a maritime forecaster, as well as other odds and ends, here and there that just weren’t fulfilling, “ Rector said. “When I got out of the Marines, I should have applied for a civil servant job. I initially regretted my decision and contemplated going back into the Marines.”

After three years of ups and downs, Rector finally made contact with an Air Force recruiter that was able to help him get in.

“I practically ran down to his office I wanted to join so bad,” Rector said. “When I arrived, he told me I needed to lose 20 pounds. So for the next month I ran 4 miles a day.

The recruiter was willing to help Rector even more once he saw his determination.

“The recruiter was surprised I lost all of that in 30 days,” Rector said. “He told me not many people follow through with what he tells them they need to get done to join.”

A few months later Rector got the call.

“My recruiter called me and told me he had a base for me,” Rector said. “I had orders to here, D-M. So I went active duty Air Force April 19, 2012.”

Once Rector went active duty Air Force, he had a new found respect for the Air Force.

“I noticed a lot of differences between the branches,” Rector said. “In the Marines, things are more rigid and the Air Force takes more of a mentorship approach.”

Rector has been in the Air Force for less than 2 years and has already been selected for promotion.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

SNCOs: Contact AFPC to see if Course 14 completion is noted in records

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Senior NCOs recently notified by the Air University Barnes Center for Enlisted Education that their Senior NCO Academy Distance Learning Course 14 Version 6 “failed” exam scores have been corrected may want to review their records to ensure updates are complete. In late 2013, Air Education and Training...
 
 

Draft Supplemental EA open for public review and comment

The 355th Fighter Wing released the 563rd Rescue Group Personnel Recovery Supplemental Environmental Assessment today for public review and comment. A 30-day comment period follows the release of the document. The comment period will end Monday, May 4, 2015. The draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) evaluates the...
 
 

Anything you can do I can do better

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Sibling rivalry has always challenged people to do things better, like run faster or jump higher. Two brothers have taken that competition to new heights to make the Air Force greater. “We have always competed to find out who was the best,” said Senior Airman Leonel DeJesus-Martinez, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron...
 

 
AAFES_pict

Exchange rewards academic excellence with “You Made the Grade Program”

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is rewarding military students who excel in the classroom with its You Made the Grade program, now in its 15th year. Students in first through 12th grades who maintain a B av...
 
 

$25K available in AF Club Scholarship Program

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The 2015 Air Force Club Scholarship Program is accepting applications through midnight CDT, May 1. Now in its 17th year, the program has provided almost $400,000 in college tuition assistance to more than 400 Air Force Club members and their families. This year, the program will award 40...
 
 
(Graphic courtesy of MilitaryPay.gov)

Eligible Airmen may choose retirement plan at 14 1/2-year mark

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center has developed an automatic notification process that sends a message directly to active-duty Air Force and headquarters Active Guard Reserve m...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin