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Airman Johnson: Taking an idea, making it happen
Airman 1st Class Sean Johnson (left), A1C Matthew Quillen (back), and Airman 1st Class Cody Reynon (right), Airmen in Training, tie boots together before packing them in boxes and donating them to the Sonshine House in Wichita Falls Oct. 15. With help from Team Sheppard members, Airman Johnson was able to collect more than 450 pairs of boots in one weekend for this donation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Harry Tonemah)
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Airman Johnson: Taking an idea, making it happen

Posted 10/15/2010   Updated 10/21/2010 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Adawn Kelsey
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs

10/15/2010 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- An Airman Leader from the 362nd Training Squadron led a donation project with help from Sheppard Military Training Leaders and his fellow Airmen, donating more than 450 pairs of boots for people in need, Oct. 15.

Airman 1st Class Sean Johnson, F-15 Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice course Airman in Training, said his donation project started when he heard about the Sonshine House located in Wichita Falls, Texas.

"I heard there was an organization in town that helped people in need called the Sonshine House," Airman Johnson said. "I wondered if all the excess belongings we have as young Airmen in training could help someone."

In one weekend he was able to collect several boxes of donations, and when they were collected, Airmen were there to help finish the project.

"The elbow grease required to carry 60-pound boxes was provided by a host of airmen willing to help any way they could, including members of the Airmen Leader program," he said.

Airman Johnson said setting up a new project required a little organization and the courage to ask questions. He hopes by his example Airmen will be encouraged to follow through with their ideas as well.

"Once the leadership understands where you're going with your ideas, the ball gets rolling and the going gets a lot easier," he said. "For those wanting to come up with similar projects, just make it happen and always remember, regardless of the obstacles, the reasons you first came up with the ideas are still as important as when you started."

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