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RAF MILDENHALL, England – Every four years people across the globe set their differences aside and rally behind their teams and country, as the finest athletes in their lands compete at the Olympic Games.
The London 2012 Olympic Games serves as a time to bolster national pride, American airmen are among the most diverse groups in the world and serve the American people, an equally diverse mix of people hailing from many backgrounds.
Regardless of background, U.S. airmen come together to complete the mission.
Airman 1st Class Ian Rohm, 100th Communications Squadron, describes how he believes standing as one, the Air Force is strong, and relays his excitement for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Rohm is an 100th CS communications security accountant and hails from Johnston, Ohio. Here’s what he had to say about the Games:
Q: Describe how you feel the Olympic Games bolster your pride in America.
A: It is a time where we set our differences aside, like politics, religion, and back grounds, as well as beliefs, and cultural difference, to rally behind our team and country.
Q: If you could watch any two countries play each other at the Olympic event of your choosing, which two countries and which event would you choose and why?
A: Any two teams that are in constant debate in their beliefs. I would love to watch them set that aside to play a fair game and show good sportsmanship.
Q: Describe the excitement you feel about being stationed in England at a time when the Olympic Games will be played roughly 60 miles away from your base:
A: I feel that all of the U.K. and the American community is coming together to make this Olympic Games one to remember.
Q: Describe how you believe airmen can recognize and celebrate each other’s cultures and how you feel the London Olympics is a great forum for that celebration:
A: It is a way to appreciate the diverse backgrounds that we all come from and to see the way the different cultures affect our way of life.
Q: Thinking back to your childhood, was there an iconic sports figure you or your family treasured?
A: Lance Armstrong is the athlete that inspired me when I was young. He taught me to overcome any challenge no matter how high the mountain is or how long the road. With that, I was able to accomplish any goal that I had in sight.
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