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 serve 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 Adam Moyer, 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron, describes how he believes standing as one, the Air Force is strong, and relays his excitement for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Moyer is an 352nd SOSS Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman and hails from Milltown, Wis. Here’s what he had to say about the Games:
Q: Describe how you feel the Olympic Games bolster your pride in America.
A: The Olympics are a definite pride booster for every patriotic American. The games provide us with the entertaining experience of watching our nation’s highest caliber athletes compete at their top level against the world’s best in their respective sports. Competition is healthy, and knowing that we have our nation’s athlete’s putting their all to the test is an invigorating opportunity that Americans, alike the rest of the world, should embrace and find themselves’ very proud to have experienced.
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: Russia vs. Thailand in boxing. As a fan of a good bout of pugilism, I would have to favor seeing these two perennial boxing powerhouses match up. It would be good for the sport to generate these two countries on an Olympic level. This could help push the sweet science through the threshold and become a bit more relevant. American’s aren’t as true to form as the rest of the world when it comes to boxing, however, a series of great matchups might improve that situation and gain our collective attention.
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: Being stationed in America’s military overseas is alike to one certain aspect of the Olympics in that it grants the opportunity to diversify our outlook on the world at large and offers us the chance to learn from others’ cultures where we would generally have not and hopefully attain some sort of peace. It’s a privilege to have the Olympics seemingly right next door and this should help further our enlightenment as well as remind us as Americans what it is that makes us unique as individuals and as a country in order to improve our morale as Service members, as well as Americans.
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: The Olympics are a necessary and respectable proponent of our nations in both our federal pride as well as respective of our individual background. The Olympics offer us as a society - to recognize both of these characteristics and embolden us to strive for excellence while supporting our nation’s highest caliber athletes. The healthy nature of competition sets out to serve the better side of our character and creates an atmosphere where we can do so just as we do on a daily basis in today’s Air Force: As one team of individuals working side-by-side to achieve our highest standard.
Q: Thinking back to your childhood, was there an iconic sports figure you or your family treasured?
A: It’s obligatory for me to have to mention Brett Favre. Whether a fan of Number 4 or not, he made the game exciting as a fan. As an athlete, Favre spent two decades putting out every bit of effort that he had in him until his body could no longer compete. I couldn’t possibly sum up his accomplishments in one paragraph. What I can do is recognize the spirit of his competitive nature, in triumph and in trial, and to apply that as both a leader and a follower in today’s Air Force. As Coach Vince Lombardi was quoted as saying, “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he hold dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.”