Airmen, Sailors graduate from Tinker Airman Leadership School

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Graduates are:

137th Aeromed Evac Squadron

Senior Airman Kyle Henry

146th Air Support Operations Squadron

Senior Airman Matthew Supan

189th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Senior Airman Richard Grant

235th Air Traffic Control Squadron

Senior Airman Jessey Keen

507th Force Support Squadron

Senior Airman Jorge Correa
Senior Airman Russell Nealy

552nd Air Control/Networks Squadron

Senior Airman Jason Gillo  

552nd Air Control Wing

Senior Airman Mariah Bradfield

552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Aaron Caraway
Senior Airman Ky Morris
Senior Airman Christopher Walters
Senior Airman Jared Washington  
Senior Airman Philip Polo
Senior Airman Isaac Rocha  
Senior Airman Cameron Smith

552nd Maintenance Group

Senior Airman Martina Shannon-Young, Freedom Citation Award Winner

552nd Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Brittany Forbes, Academic Achievement Award
Senior Airman Aaron Barnes
Senior Airman John Sieh
Senior Airman Quinton Wheat  
Senior Airman Jacob Pierson
Senior Airman Cristian Ortiz  
Senior Airman Bridgit Zens

552nd Operations Support Squadron

Senior Airman Alli Arcuri, Distinguished Graduate

72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron

Senior Airman Smith Wesley

72nd Operations Support Squadron

Senior Airman Ryan Vandenbush 
Senior Airman Robert Shifflett, John L. Levitow Award Winner

72nd Security Forces Squadron

Senior Airman Kylee Deyoung
Senior Airman Andrew John Marden  
Senior Airman Mitchell Lescallett
Senior Airman Seth Carr

960th Airborne Air Control Squadron

Senior Airman Chelsea Fay, Leadership Award Winner
Senior Airman Nathaniel Nix

963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron

Senior Airman Nicklas Dwyer  

964th Airborne Air Control Squadron

Senior Airman, Cooper Dwayne, Distinguished Graduate
Senior Airman Stephen Roquemore

966th Airborne Air Control Squadron

Senior Airman Mitchell Thompson, Distinguished Graduate

Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR

Petty Officer 3rd Class Javon Henton, Sharp Image Award Winner

Strategic Communications Wing One

Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Mullins


Freedom Citation Award Winner: What is Freedom?

Being put on the spot to come up with an essay for what I think freedom is, has proven to be very difficult. 

Freedom is not something I actively think about every day, I guess I’m lucky enough to not have to. 

Right now my freedom isn’t being questioned, I wake up in the morning, feed my dogs and get ready for work. It’s funny how even though I wear this uniform that is supposed to defend and protect our “freedom” coming up with anything worth saying is hard. 

As I sit here and think about the word freedom I begin to think about a time when I didn’t feel free or rather I should say, when I felt that my freedom was in jeopardy. The date was Sept. 11, 2001. 

It was a day just like any other day. I got up, went to school and around third period, people in my class were getting pulled out for some kind of family emergency. 

At the time most of us had no clue what was going on, but that didn’t last long. The panic and fear set in across the teachers’ faces, they had no clue how to explain the devastating events that had just taken place.

I can honestly say that at the time I had no idea just how monumental those events really were. It wasn’t until I got home from school that day when it really started to set in. Programs that my siblings and I usually watched after school were replaced by the news. The images of fire, exploding and the most heart-wrenching for me to see was the fear and devastation on people’s faces. It seemed so surreal, how could something like this happen? In my city of all places! 

Fast forward a few months after the attacks. My father took me to Ground Zero, seeing the aftermath really had me question so much in the world, well, as much as my 12-year-old self understood of the world. 

Later that night I cried to my mother, I told her “so many people died, so many loved ones were lost”. It was then I promised my mom that I would protect my family from anything like this, as long as I was alive they wouldn’t have to worry. I would make sure they can travel safely. I would make it so that they say and do what they want without any hindrance or restraint. I would make it so that they can continue to love and be happy. I would make it so that nobody would ever have to feel the pain of Sept. 11, 2001. 

You see, freedom means different things to different people. To me, freedom is not having to see your city in flames and your country in panic. To me, freedom is being able to protect the ones you love without hesitation. 

You know, writing this all out has helped me realize that I live my version of freedom.