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179th Airman Offered Acceptance To Air Force Academy

6 Jul , 2021  

By Airman First Class Grace Riegel

Senior Airman Alivia Merkel, a dental technician at the 179th Airlift Wing, has been accepted into the Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after three years of service at the 179th Airlift Wing.

Merkel knew that she wanted to join the military since grade school. On career day a peer’s mother brought in pictures from a deployment to show the students what military life looks like.
“I remember sitting there in the classroom thinking she is so cool,” said Merkel. “I wanted to be like her, and that is where it all started”

Merkel knew her goal was to grow up and serve in the United States Military, but she did not know that her decision to enlist in the Air National Guard would lead to her acceptance into the highly selective Air Force Academy. With an acceptance rate of 11.1% being accepted into the academy is quite an accomplishment. More…

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