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    Airman Uses The Air Force to Better Himself Both in and out of Uniform

    Airman Uses Air Force Values to Better Himself in and out of Uniform

    Photo By 2nd Lt. Christi Richter | SSgt Joseph Langston poses for a photo on January 13th, 2019 at the 179th Airlift Wing...... read more read more



    Story by Senior Airman Christi Richter 

    179th Cyberspace Wing

    The Air Force is designed around holistic Airmen wellness and readiness, and help its members be the best they can be. Some members find this to benefit them both in and out of uniform. Staff Sgt. Joseph Langston works in services at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio and has developed into a better Airman and person during his time in the Air Force.
    Langston grew up in Columbus, Ohio and before he joined, his main focus was on his music. He was inspired to join the Air Force and to become something bigger than himself after the events of 9/11 unfolded. When he came out to visit base and talk to a recruiter, he was immediately struck by how quickly people were ready to take him under their wing.
    “That’s what motivated me,” said Langston, “Certain people believed in me before I even believed in myself.”
    Over his time in the Air Force, Langston has grown and changed:
    “I’ll be honest with you, I didn't have it together when I first got in,” said Langston. “I was an older guy, I didn’t come right out of high school, and I had kids, but I wasn’t the best family guy. When I came here, people held me accountable. People had a certain standard, if everyone else was at that standard then I needed to be as well.”
    As both a family man and a professional, Langston used his experience in the Air Force to better himself:
    “I’ve grown as an individual,” said Langston. “What’s important to me has changed. You see people go lay their life on the line and their families are supportive. You don’t know if these people are coming back or not. You learn to cherish the people who are around you both on the outside, and your brothers in arms inside the Air Force as well.”
    Langston is a great example of a military member that has used their time in the service to learn and grow as a person. He is a living, breathing example of excellence in all we do, and continues to implement the core values into his life each and every day



    Date Taken: 01.13.2019
    Date Posted: 02.01.2019 16:07
    Story ID: 307710
    Location: MANSFIELD, OH, US 

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