August 14th, 2014 | Flightlines | Posted by Kristin Davis
The finalists for this year’s American Airman Video Contest tell stories from Alabama to Australia to Afghanistan. They are medical sonographers, security forces airmen, cyber systems operators, musicians and EOD technicians.
The Air Force, which on July 1 called for short “selfie” videos from airmen, has whittled down the entries to 13 finalists.
You can vote for your favorite through Aug. 22.
“Every Airman has a story — and smartphone technology now allows those Airmen to share those stories with a wider audience than ever before,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said in a statement.
The airmen who made the cut include an airman first class at Kadena Air Base, Japan, who went from delivering pizzas to “drilling holes in multi-million-dollar aircraft” and a cyber systems operator and “aspiring writer” from Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, who tells his story in rhyme.
There’s an emergency management technician from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, who calls himself the “Air Force doomsday prepper.”
“It takes a special kind of crazy to do what I do,” he says.
Quipped a photojournalist at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan: “My job in the Air Force is awesome because it allows me to shoot people. With my camera.”
Some of the videos are simple. Some are productions set to music.
They range from silly — an EOD tech who says he joined the Air Force for a “legal means to blow stuff up” — to serious — a dog handler who was nearly discharged early on in his career but went on to become a war hero.
The video that receives the most “likes” will be featured at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition at National Harbor, Maryland.
Here’s a list of the finalists:
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