Heritage student enlists in Air Force

Heritage Student Devan Walsh ’15 has made the decision to enlist in the United States Air Force after graduation in May. Walsh was officially sworn into the military on Thursday, February 26.

For Walsh, the dream to join the Air Force began during the second semester of her junior year.

“I decided that I wanted to join the Air Force last year around Spring Break. I went on the website just to check it out and then after I went through the several job choices that I was eligible for, I couldn’t turn away. I was hooked,” she says.

Walsh isn’t the first of her family to join the Armed Forces.

“It’s really an honor to be able to say that I am getting to be a part of it. The history is so amazing that it’s unreal to me that I get to actually participate. I come from a long list of people in my family who have served as well, so I guess you could say it’s a family tradition,” she says.

Walsh’s family members are proud of her for making the decision to serve her country.

“I could not be more proud of my daughter. From the moment she was born, I knew she would accomplish great things. Although I will miss her every day, I am thrilled that she is following her dreams. I have no doubt that Devan will continue to be successful; she doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘fail,’” says Ms. Mary Narkunas, Devan’s mother.

While most seniors in high school have to wait to begin their life after high school until August, Walsh’s training for the Air Force begins June 16, the day she leaves for boot camp, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas.

“I am most excited for my ship day, as crazy as it sounds. Boot camp is going to be quite an experience, but I know I can make it. I also think receiving my first orders will be exciting, there are countless bases all over the world so there’s a good chance that I’ll get to travel,” she says.

After June 16, Walsh will participate in eight-and-a-half weeks of basic training before continuing on to technical school. She plans on competing for one of 85 commissions to the Air Force Academy after enlisting, and hopes to possibly take an officer position in the future. She currently has nine possible jobs on her list, including security forces, air traffic control, aircraft armament, munitions and nuclear, or possibly working in the canine unit.

“I’m really hoping for security forces. It’s a dream of mine to become a defender,” she says.

As of now, Devan Walsh '15 is still a normal student at Heritage. However, in June, she will leave for boot camp and officially join the Air Force.

As of now, Devan Walsh ’15 is still a normal student at Heritage. However, in June, she will leave for boot camp and officially join the Air Force.

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