February 2018 Student of the Month

17th Training Group Student of the Month for Feb. 2018, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kayle Starr, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow trainee, stands in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. Starr is the Goodfellow Student of the Month spotlight for Feb. 2018, a series highlighting Goodfellow students.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

17th Training Group Student of the Month for Feb. 2018, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kayle Starr, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow trainee, stands in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. Starr is the Goodfellow Student of the Month spotlight for Feb. 2018, a series highlighting Goodfellow students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to 2nd Lt. Colin Bryant, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The 315th TRS’s vision is to develop combat-ready intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance professionals and promote an innovative squadron culture and identity unmatched across The U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to 2nd Lt. Colin Bryant, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The 315th TRS’s vision is to develop combat-ready intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance professionals and promote an innovative squadron culture and identity unmatched across The U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to U.S. Army Private 2nd Class Tanner Doub, 312th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018.  The 312th TRS’s mission is to provide Department of Defense and international customers with mission ready fire protection and special instruments graduates and provide mission support for the Air Force Technical Applications Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to U.S. Army Private 2nd Class Tanner Doub, 312th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The 312th TRS’s mission is to provide Department of Defense and international customers with mission ready fire protection and special instruments graduates and provide mission support for the Air Force Technical Applications Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kayle Starr, 316th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The 316th TRS’s mission is to conduct U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard cryptologic, human intelligence and military training.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kayle Starr, 316th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The 316th TRS’s mission is to conduct U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard cryptologic, human intelligence and military training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to Airman 1st Class Kaylee Cardoza-Larson, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The 315th TRS’s vision is to develop combat-ready intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance professionals and promote an innovative squadron culture and identity unmatched across The U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Student of the Month certificate to Airman 1st Class Kaylee Cardoza-Larson, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The 315th TRS’s vision is to develop combat-ready intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance professionals and promote an innovative squadron culture and identity unmatched across The U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Rope of the Month certificate to Airman 1st Class Ricky Bocanegra, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018.  The mission of the 17th TRG is to train, develop and inspire professional fire protection and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, presents the 17th TRG Rope of the Month certificate to Airman 1st Class Ricky Bocanegra, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, March 2, 2018. The mission of the 17th TRG is to train, develop and inspire professional fire protection and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Lance Cpl. Kayle Starr, Marine Corps Detachment at Goodfellow trainee, is the Goodfellow Student of the Month Spotlight for February, a series highlighting exceptional airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines.

17th Training Wing Public Affairs: What led you to join the military?

I actually joined the military four years ago and I was in the Army
National Guard. I joined because I really wanted to go to college and once I stared the processes of training, I decided that I wanted to do something much more. So once I got to my unit, I pushed to go active duty and they would not let me. So I switched branches and now I’m in the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps was willing to give me what I wanted, they were allowing me to go active duty and have the intelligence job I was wanting. And now I just found a great pride in serving our country and doing what I can do.

What has been the most impactful moment in your career so far?

Meeting officers who have made a huge impact and sergeant majors that have made a big impact and seeing where they came from and know that I can take my current situation and make something completely great out of it.

When I was training in the Army, we had a command sergeant major at the battalion level and he came to talk to us about how he grew up in a very unfortunate situation. It was pretty much join the Army or go to jail. That’s how it used to be. He told us about all his short comings and how he used those to his advantage when in the Army. How he went from nothing, to a sergeant major. From that moment on, I realized that I can do a lot more than I thought I could do.

What are your hobbies?

I love walking, watching documentaries, especially conspiracy theories and I like to go to the gym.

What do you want to accomplish during your time here at Goodfellow Air Force Base?

I want to graduate top of my class. I did it once in the Army and I would like to do it again. That is my main goal. I want to learn my job as thorough as I can so I can take proper control in any situation when I apply the skills I learned here.

Is there any advice or anything you would like to share?

Hoorah!