Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “I’m from Fort Walton Beach, so it’s obviously the hurricane. It’s absolutely fascinating — just (because of) the enormous size of it, the power, the beauty. I was there for (Hurricane Katrina). I wasn’t in any danger because I evacuated at once. But I was at Fort Walton and we went to the beach and we saw the waves. I’ve never seen anything like … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What weather-related phenomenon do you find most fascinating?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “We keep our house at about 65 (degrees) in the winter, and in the summer we keep it at about 72 (degrees). We (keep) all the lights off, and all the doors are closed to the rooms we (aren’t using).” “I built (my home) with two-by-six construction, so I could have added insulation. From there, I installed heat pumps, which make use of heat transfer, … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: How do you conserve energy at home?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “To be a part of the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers means that we get to be in an essential position in risk management. Anytime they are to go down range, our job is not to blow anything up. Our job is to protect those who are protecting us. We want to give them as much support as they give us — and (that applies) even beyond the engineers. When you’re … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What does being an engineer mean to you?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “Ensuring the safety of everybody on Fort Leonard Wood, working with the Soldiers, and still being part of the Army — that’s probably the most rewarding part. I used to live on Fort Leonard Wood and I’m retired Army, so I’ve worked (here) too.” “I think the most rewarding part of my job is the people we come in contact with on a daily basis and also the … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is the most rewarding part of your job at the gate?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “The one that comes to mind for myself is our home got hit by a tornado here in Missouri. In between losing the home, we had to relocate. Of course, we had insurance but there are still additional costs that come with losing everything. So, because we lived below our means, we had emergency savings already established. It came in handy because otherwise … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What significant life event tested your financial readiness?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “In reference to a flood, we actually have analysis that we can do (where) we can look at a prediction from the weather as to how much rain an area will get or how much is coming from upstream, and then fairly accurately predict those areas that need to be evacuated. That’s the key thing about the geospatial capability — it’s a capability that saves … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What are you doing to better understand the changes happening on Earth’s surface?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “During AIT, I had this spiritual experience. I was always a Christian, always a little more religious than my friends. There’s no greater parish in the world. You get to live with your parish, which is pretty neat. You literally go to the field, you’re sleeping next to the people that the next day, you’re going to get up and go to church service for them. … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: Why did you become a chaplain?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “I grew up around aviation. My dad and grandfather were both Air Traffic Controllers. I remember going to work (with them), going up to the tower and watching them work their shifts. I just grew up fascinated with airplanes. I kind of wanted to be a pilot growing up and didn’t have the eyesight for it. So, air traffic control is the next best thing. I knew … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What drew you to working in aviation?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “‘Red Seas over Red Skies’ has got fun characters and originally I started reading it because the author wrote a very strongly-worded letter to a fan who did not like the fact that it was unrealistic. He wasn’t happy with how the author told the story. ‘The Clocktaur War’ duology by T. Kingfisher is a good fantasy set of books. There’s no filler to it. It’s … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your favorite book?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell “I went to Mobile Force Protection Course in Melbourne, Florida when I was assigned to the 101st Airborne. It was probably the most hands-on experience I’ve had in my entire career. From the gate, it was go. It wasn’t crawl, walk, run. They were training us on Mobile Force Protection Platforms. It was given by ex-Special Forces members, Delta types, you … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What was the most indispensable part of your training?