Strong individuals training, planning, preparing for what could be crisis situations.
Pros: educational benefits, being clothed, and fed while on duty.
Cons: the unknowns, as far as deployments, knowing at any time you could be called to duty.
A typical day at work usually began with a meeting, and a schedule of the events that would take place. As part of how things would be operated should the unit be deployed.
I learned many things about team-work and loyalty and never giving up or stopping until the mission is accomplished, and that is something that I value very much, though I have not seen much of this mindset in the civilian world of my employment history it is something that I value and would love to share with people in my future.
Management there was amazing, all the things that they were responsible for organizing and doing and making happen was an overwhelming thought to me at times. However that is where the team-work attitude trickled down from and I could see how it would all come together.
My co-workers were great, I met so many wonderful people during my time in the guard that I wish I could have brought them all with me into my future as co-workers.
Not knowing if a deployment was going to come, and knowing that if it did that I could have twenty-eight hours to pack up and leave my family and go wherever the Air National Guard told me to go.
Knowing that I was surrounded by good people who were also willing to sacrifice, time with family and maybe even your own life should duty call. These are a special kind of people, not just anyone makes that commitment, about one percent of Americans volunteer to serve this country. I take much pride in the time I spent in the Ohio National Guard, it was a great life experience.