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Veteran reflects on family's influence on Air Force career

Veteran reflects on family's influence on Air Force career

April 30th, 2012 by Jeremy Amick in News

A 24-year veteran of the Air Force and Air National Guard, Rich McConnell explains how his military career has influenced his children's military endeavors.

As an 18-year-old man leaving high school, Rich McConnell not only wanted to find gainful employment, but sought a career of which he could be proud.

Graduating in 1986 from a high school in Michigan, he said having a father and uncle who served in the military helped influence his own decision to join.

Moving to St. Louis with his father shortly after his graduation, McConnell enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to Lackland AFB, Texas, for basic training.