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September 2017 Student of the Month

315th Training Squadron Student of the Month for Sept. 2017, U.S. Air Force Airman Patricia Denman, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

315th Training Squadron Student of the Month for Sept. 2017, U.S. Air Force Airman Patricia Denman, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan Busby, 316th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan Busby, 316th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to Airman Ryan Woodhouse, 312th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to Airman Ryan Woodhouse, 312th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to Airman Patricia Denman, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to Airman Patricia Denman, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 315th Training Squadron Officer Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to 2nd Lt. Caleb Yee, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 315th Training Squadron Officer Student of the Month award for Sept. 2017 to 2nd Lt. Caleb Yee, 315th Training Squadron trainee, in the Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 5, 2017. The 17th Training Wing's mission is to develop and inspire exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and fire protection professionals for America and her allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Airman Patricia Denman, 315th Training Squadron trainee, is the Goodfellow Student of the Month Spotlight for September, a series highlighting exceptional Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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

Both my grandfathers served and I have two brothers that served. I put it off, mostly out of fear, until I got married. I wanted a career for myself that would support my family and provide them a better life.

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

Honestly, the coining ceremony at Basic Military training. It was the first time that we had been in front of our family and the public as Airmen. When the Military Training Leaders started handing out coins and the music started playing, I could feel pride in my toes. That was a really impactful moment that I will never forget.

What are your hobbies?

Backpacking, playing with my two dogs, camping, disc golf and fishing. Pretty much anything outdoors.

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

I’ve already done it. I had done really well in basic and earned honor grad. I wanted to continue that momentum of excelling and doing my best. So when I got here and realized Student of the Month was an opportunity that could be obtained, I set out to earn it. I did it. So now I just want to maintain it, graduate and move on to my first station.

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

I love the Air Force and I’m proud to be in it.