Recruiter makes a persuasive case for the Air Force

Neighbors

January 31, 2000|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IS YOUR SON or daughter uncertain what to do after high school? Senior Airman David M. Brown -- recently assigned to the Air Force Recruiting Office in Westminster -- is eager to share his experiences and, of course, encourage enlistment.

"If you want to get some college and some job skills, then the Air Force is for you," Brown said. "We have more enlisted people with associate's degrees than any other branch of the military."

Brown said recruits can earn college credit for the work they do in the Air Force. In addition, each base has educational offices that offer college classes.

Enlistees begin with six months' training at the Air Force Recruit School near San Antonio.

"We have a very good program, which includes things like jet-engine mechanics and high-tech electronics jobs, like working with radios and satellites," Brown said.

Enlistees usually have graduated from high school, although individuals with a GED can be accepted under some circumstances. Those who want to train as pilots must enter as officers, he said.

For Brown, a native of Cincinnati, the Air Force has provided the opportunity to earn an associate's degree in electronics systems technologies.

"I really like the pace out here," said Brown, who has been in Westminster for three months. His previous assignment was as a ground radio communications technician for the president's plane, Air Force One, at Andrews Air Force Base.

Information: 410-857-4544.

An evening of arts

The Carroll County Arts Council's second "First Thursday" of the year will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this week at the Arts Council Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.

Presentations will include readings from poets Blair Ewing and Jody Nusholtz, and a performance from singer- songwriter Mike Maloney.

Ewing, executive producer of a poetry CD, "Word Up Baltimore," is associate editor of WordWrights magazine and a contributing editor of the Maryland Poetry Review.

Nusholtz is an associate professor of English at Carroll Community College, teaching writing courses and serving as the honors program director. She is also the faculty adviser to Bittersweet, the college's student literary magazine.

Performer and music teacher Maloney plays guitar, bass, piano and violin. He has played with many regional groups and will release his first solo CD this year.

The free event, which is co-sponsored by One Tree Productions, Common Ground on the Hill, the Carroll County Arts Council and Locust Books.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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