For ASCTE students who are interested in U.S. Military careers after your time here, I have a welcome surprise for you! Last Wednesday, I was given the opportunity to speak with Captain Cody Breasseale, a KC-135R Stratotanker pilot with the 117th. Air Refueling Wing based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Cody is currently transitioning from active duty to the Air National Guard, but during his time as an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force, he was stationed in places all over the world such as Kuwait, Yokota Air Base in Japan, and almost everywhere in the U.S. Before Cody was able to become a pilot in the Air Force, he held positions as an Air Logistics Planner and an Instructor Navigator.
During the interview, I spoke with Cody about his time in the Air Force, his aircraft and mission capabilities, how the pilot pipeline works, and more on what it takes to be a pilot in the United States Air Force. I also spoke with him about some of his hobbies during his downtime, along with his general opinion of what the lifestyle of the Air Force is like.
Cody originally planned to attend the United States Air Force Academy to become an officer; however, he felt a strong connection to the University of Alabama, which for many Alabamians is the mecca of college football and Saturday tradition. Cody took the ROTC route and graduated from the university in 2012 with a degree in marketing.
When asked if he had any advice for those who are interested in joining the Air Force or any of the other branches of the U.S. military, he said to, “find what makes you happy and not what makes others happy.”