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Military-acquired skills assist lawmaker in overcoming life's challenges

Military-acquired skills assist lawmaker in overcoming life's challenges

May 14th, 2012 by Jeremy Amick in News

State Rep. Zach Wyatt, R-Green Castle, explains how skills he developed as a linguist in the Air Force have helped in his legislative endeavors.

As a freshman lawmaker, state Rep. Zach Wyatt, R-Green Castle, believes study skills cultivated during his military service helped prepare him for the range of issues he has encountered in his legislative career.

Raised on a small farm near Novinger, Wyatt graduated from high school in 2003 and soon joined the Air Force to help acquire "an education without debt."

While at the Military Entrance Processing Station, he was asked if he was interested in taking a language proficiency exam.

The only one in his group to pass the exam, Wyatt was classified as an "airborne cryptologic linguist" and sent to Lackland AFB, Texas, to complete his basic training and aircrew school.

"While there, we received familiarization training in aircraft such as the RC-135 and C-130," Wyatt said.

He then traveled to Monterrey, Calif., where he began to study the Russian language at the Defense Language Institute.