Senior Airman Cody L. Bushway

Military Specialty: 3P0X1-Security Forces
Years of Service: 3.5
Unit: 158th Fighter Security Forces Squadron
Hometown: Colchester, VT
Current Town: Georgia, VT
High School/Graduation Year: 2015
College/Graduation: CCV

Why did you join the National Guard?
I joined the Vermont Air National Guard to give myself a successful career in the military and be able to attend college for free. I wanted the chance to serve my country in a great career field as well as travel the world.

What do you do in the Vermont National Guard?
I am a security forces officer (military police).

What do you do for civilian work?
I work full time at the Vermont Air National Guard Base on active-duty orders as a security forces officer.

What do you think is the greatest benefit of being in the National Guard?
I think knowing that when you join the National Guard you are creating a great stepping stone for a successful life. The National Guard offers great educational benefits and also a career that you can enjoy working on base or take those skills you gained through your military training schools and apply them at a civilian job.

How has being a National Guard member benefited you in your local community and job?
Being in the National Guard brings us closer to the community especially as a security forces member as we interact with people every day coming through our front gate for appointments or visits onto our installation. We also hold recruiting events around the state and in the neighboring states which allows us to meet new people and explain what we do in the National Guard.

What is your most memorable military moment?
One of my most memorable military moments is seeing my parents and wife run up to me at my boot camp graduation after the ceremony had ended. The feeling after graduation was emotional and also finally seeing your family after two months of being away was awesome.

How long have you lived in Vermont?
All my life, and I love this state so I plan on staying here.

What is your favorite aspect of living or working where you do?
One of the greatest aspects of working where I do is the people I work with. I have great co-workers and leadership that take care of each other like family. You really are treated like you belong when you join the National Guard regardless of which job you choose to do while you are in.

What has surprised you about the Vermont National Guard?
What surprised me is how often you get to travel our country and the world while you are in the National Guard. It could be a deployment or just a school you are attending to better your knowledge of your career field, but you get a lot of opportunities to travel around the world.

What is your favorite part about serving in the Vermont National Guard?
I think my favorite part is knowing I set myself and family up for a successful and happy life. I know if I serve in the National Guard for 20-plus years and retire that I will have a great retirement with my family. Also being able to travel the world for free and be given the opportunity to experience different things around the world is a blessing as well.

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