Greatest Job

As a journalist, I have one of the greatest jobs in the world.

I find out about things first. I get to witness history like the Murrah Building bombing and Hurricane Katrina. I get to meet interesting and important people from all across the world’s stage, like presidents and first ladies, governors, mayors, and network news performers. People like Jesse Jackson and Ivana Trump, Kenny Chesney, and one of the last living munchkins from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ 

My career also takes me places that many people don’t get to go.

On Saturday, I was invited to fly on a C-17 transport plane with the US Air Force’s 315th Airlift Wing based here in Charleston. 

The Public Affairs Office, lead by Captain Wayne Capps and assisted by Major Bill Walsh, invites community leaders from around the lowcountry to learn about the role the base and crews play in our community, first hand.

About 30 other civilians were along for the 4.5 hour trip, which included a landing at North Field near Orangeburg to watch aerial manuvers by the huge plane, and a simulated in-flight refueling mission with a KC-135 from Andrews AFB outside DC.

I got to ride in the cockpit for takeoff. It was incredible. And eye opening!

I learned so much about what the men and women of the Air Force and their reserve counterparts do right here at Charleston AFB. They ferry people, wounded, supplies and equipment around the world to support our armed forces.  If you’ve only seen the huge gray birds flying across the sky, you have no idea about what goes on next to the airport.

Charleston AFB is a small city made up of dedicated men and women working around the clockfor our country.  The next time you see someone from the base, or anyone in the armed services, thank them for what they do for us.

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