America's Military - A1C Bethany Voge

Unit: 345th Training Squadron

Hometown: Chugiak, Alaska

Age: 23

Time in service: Three months

Military occupational specialty: 2T2 – Air Transportation Student - Port Dawg (She graduated Wednesday) 

Pastimes: “I absolutely love anything outdoors and am huge into fitness, so hiking, etc., and I’m a yoga instructor. I also love traveling and seeing new places and people, and exploring the different coffee shops, too.”

Worst fear: “Not living up to my potential. I go after each day like it’s my last. I’m afraid of not doing that, so I always make sure every day is a good day, as tomorrow is not promised to you.” She laughs, then adds, “I’m also not overly fond of huge spiders.”

On your playlist: “My mom is a huge rock ‘n’ roll fan, so I actually love the oldies – AC/DC, Queen I’ll listen to anytime. I also love alternative, like Bishop Briggs, and country, like ‘Cover Me Up’ by Morgan Wallen. It’s a beautiful song. Luke Combs is amazing; I saw him in concert recently. It’s definitely varied as I’m a mood-oriented person and it can go from Eminem to … it just depends on the mood.”

Your favorite book: “I actually love reading the original Sherlock Holmes series. I always wanted to be him when I was younger, and I always try to think like him. I love reading, and in my quarantine time, I went through like six books as they kept me from going crazy while I was stuck inside.”

Favorite saying: “I’ll do two. One is religious, Isaiah 6:8. ‘Here I am, send me.’ is my favorite scripture. Then I absolutely love, ‘Nothing worth it comes easy.’ I also love any quote that says to follow your own path, don’t walk in the path of others and follow your heart.”

One person you admire: “My mom, 100 percent. She’s my hero. She never quits, and I got my work ethic from her. She started from nothing and grew up with nothing. I watched her being the working woman who never let anything stop her. Even with her being so hardworking, she’s always a mom first, and she’s my biggest support system. I feel so bad about being a sassy teenager. I’m so sorry, Mom.”

Something no one would guess about you: “Probably that I’m in the military. I’m always smiling, and I was told that could be a problem for me. However, right now during the pandemic, people need smiles, and now when I’m losing my military bearing, I’m wearing my mask and can get away with it.”

The historical figure or celebrity you’d like to meet: “John Wayne. My dad is a huge fan, and we were always watching his movies. I’m an old soul for sure.”

If you could do anything you wanted at this very moment, what and where would that be? “I’m kind of where I need to be now, but traveling Europe and seeing the world would be great, too.”

Your educational goals: “I hope to get my master’s degree in psychology, as I want to help people.”

Why you joined the Air Force: “I finished my bachelor’s degree in Public Communication, and I was working at an incredible job making great money, but I just knew something was missing. I was no longer in that element of helping people, and I was no longer in an element where I felt like I was being pushed. I grew up with my family always saying, ‘If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.’ I was always drawn to the military – to the travel, the way of life – and I knew it was what I wanted to do. But I was always too scared because of the stigmatisms about women in the military, or people told me because of my small stature I wasn’t tough enough. One day I woke up and (realized) I was done listening to people who were too afraid to follow their dreams. My family has always been about following your dream, so within four weeks after talking to the recruiter I was on a plane ready to go. It’s been nothing but amazing ever since.”

What it means to wear the uniform: “I love the aspect of loving your country enough to fight for it.”

What would you tell someone who is thinking about life in the military? “Make sure this is what they want to do and think about it; don’t jump into it. Once they were sure, I’d tell them to chase it. Lt. Col. Kilgore told us that if you take care of the Air Force, the Air Force will take care of you. So far, that’s 100 percent true for me, as my first assignment is Ramstein Air Base in Germany. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m excited.”

Where you see yourself in five years: “I’ll have my masters then, and might possibly teach because of the influences I’ve seen here, and I will have seen the world like I want to. If I have found a person who fits into my life, then I could possibly have a family.”