How the Air Force Changed My Life [Series w/ Podcast, Episode 3, Part 1]

Welcome to Episode 3 of our Great Stories and Recipes from Great American Heroes Series with Podcast!  Please click here for some general information about this series and for previous episodes.

I have enjoyed speaking with these fellow patriotic Americans and learning from their experiences in our military, and of course, hearing what their favorite recipes are to share with you.

The Hero

How the Air Force Changed My Life

Today we are sharing Part 1 of the story of our guest, Carol Gee, who served active duty in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1978 and then in the Reserves from 1978-1994, when she retired after 21 years of service.  She began her service as an Inventory Management Specialist, then served as a Logistics Specialist in the Reserves and retired as a Technical Sargeant.

I loved how she described her first four years as “survival” versus the remainder of her military career:

My mother said I would not survive the military as I didn’t like having people tell me what to do. I survived the first four years because she said I couldn’t do it.  The next four years I served because I had finally discovered something bigger than spite. I was good at something.

This just goes to show that sometimes, stubbornness can be a good thing!  I have experienced this in my own life, but that is definitely a tale for another day.

The Stories

One of the things Carol enjoyed most about her time in the Air Force was the places she got to see and interesting experiences she had that otherwise likely would not have happened, such as a very close encounter with buffalo on the roam in South Dakota!  Okinawa, Japan and Panama City also hold a special place in her heart.

But what the Air Force gave to her as a “runaway” is a story you do not want to miss… or “How the Air Force Changed My Life,” as told in her own words.  That’s what she shares with us in the podcast portion of this episode of our series:


Part 2

And please join us again tomorrow for Part 2 of this Episode, the rest of her story and a favorite recipe, not only of hers but of guests to whom she serves it in her home.  People enjoy it so much that when they return to her home, they often request that she make it again for them!

About the Author

Adopted at age 2, grew up in the Charlotte, NC area. Obtained Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. Loves being a Mom of two and taste-testing Chef John's culinary creations and sharing them with readers.


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