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“Military Officer” is a Proud Profession

2020/04/20


“Military Officer” is a proud profession; for the officers and men of Songshan Air Force Base Firefighting Detachment, joining the military was the coolest and trendiest option. The program features outstanding airmen who made the transition from civilian to military life, and from the enlisted to non-commissioned officers. These young people took control of their own future by realizing the personal ideals of “self-discovery, self-affirmation, and self-achievement.” A military career is always filled with challenges. The airmen of the Firefighting Detachment must wear 22kg of firefighting equipment, put on sealed firefighting helmets, and enter disaster scenes with zero visibility. Only those who have experienced it first-hand can understand the pressure and fear, as well as the sense of achievement from overcoming the trial by fire. “Air Combat Aces Start on the Ground” Cooperation and teamwork is emphasized in firefighting. No matter how many drills and training sessions there are, they believe that “anything is possible if you are willing.” Watching over landings and take-offs at the airport to uphold the mission of “fighting fires and saving lives” is why people take so much pride in this job.

Insights:

“Being fearless keeps me young, wearing the Air Force uniform gives me pride, and defending the people is my promise.” The officers and men of Songshan Air Force Base Firefighting Detachment shared their achievements from joining the military. Some went to the academy fresh out of senior high school while others chose to stay on after their national service. Despite their different backgrounds, military service taught them how to work as a team and plan ahead; others went from boys to men and became more mature. People may differ in the accomplishments and experiences they take away from their military career. Joining the military is however all about self-realization and the start of an exciting new life. We must therefore constantly remind ourselves of “why I am here”; this is not just about self-realization. It is our way of demonstrating our “patriotism” and something we can be proud of.

The airmen of the Firefighting Detachment must wear 22kg of firefighting equipment, put on sealed firefighting helmets, and enter disaster scenes with zero visibility. Only those who have experienced it first-hand can understand the pressure and fear, as well as the sense of achievement from overcoming the trial by fire.


Update:2020-05-06