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Question and Answer with Col. O’Connor

Tayo Omoniyi, Staff Reporter

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This is a Q&A conducted by a staff member with Col. O’ Connor, an ROTC instructor at Lincoln-Way East and an Air Force Veteran.

Q: How long have you been in the Air Force? A: I was in the Air Force for 24 years.

Q: How old were you when you joined? A: I was 25.

Q: Did you have any family in the Armed Forces before you joined? A: My father was in the Navy and served in the Navy during World War 2 and the Korean War.

Q: How did joining the Armed Forces affect your life? A: Enlisting in the Air Force was certainly a big change for me. I had been working as a bank accountant in Chicago, and after I began training for the Air Force, I left that job and never looked back. At this point in my life, I was married with my first child. I started out as a 2nd Lieutenant in Officer Training. I was working with B-52 bombers for 2 years, and then I spent the next 22 years working with B-1 bombers. After I retired, I came to Lincoln-Way.

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Question and Answer with Col. O’Connor