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Recruits Experience Enlistment of a Lifetime

Air Force delayed enlistment recruits are sworn in by Col. Jeffery Robertson prior to the start of the UCLA/Oregon State football game on Nov. 8 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles The event was held as part of events leading up to Air Force Week.  Air Force Week serves as the premier platform to share the Air Force story with our fellow citizens. The 2008 Air Force Weeks will include community visits and talks by Air Force officials, flight demonstrations and displays providing an up close and personal look at the men and women of the Air Force serving worldwide in defense of freedom. (Photo by Atiba S. Copeland)

Air Force delayed enlistment recruits are sworn in by Col. Jeffery Robertson prior to the start of the UCLA/Oregon State football game on Nov. 8 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles The event was held as part of events leading up to Air Force Week. Air Force Week serves as the premier platform to share the Air Force story with our fellow citizens. The 2008 Air Force Weeks will include community visits and talks by Air Force officials, flight demonstrations and displays providing an up close and personal look at the men and women of the Air Force serving worldwide in defense of freedom. (Photo by Atiba S. Copeland)

Los Angeles, Calif. -- Some folks talk up-front about the heroic role Airmen assume when the sky is falling or not.

Others, laid back, might think they're just doing their jobs. Either way, if you were to ask any one of the 19 new U.S. Air Force recruits that were sworn in at Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday they will tell you they look forward to the careers that lay ahead of them in the Air Force. 

The first few hours of the day began as Air Force recruiters and their new recruits set up a recruiting tent just outside of Rose Bowl stadium prior to the UCLA/Oregon State football game. Visitors to the tent were treated to Air Force pins, stickers and other paraphernalia, and learned about careers and life in the Air Force. The new recruits shared their anticipation with the public as the recruits would take the official Oath of Office later in the day to become join the ranks as the newest airmen basics. 

"Fall in! Form up!" shouts Master Sgt. Chris McCool, a 17-year veteran Air Force Recruiter and former Basic Military Training Instructor. The recruits quickly respond, preparing themselves for the ceremony. 

Colonel Jeffery Robertson, Director of Staff, Headquarters, Fourth Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., takes his place in front of the formed-up 'civilians' to give them the official Oath of Office. 

With cameras rolling and football fans gathering around, the colonel called on the recruits to raise their right hands and repeat after him. Onlookers, witnessing what is more than a 230-year-old military tradition, stood silently, listening to the promise being made by each individual taking the oath. 

After completing the oath, the colonel congratulated and shook the hand of each new recruit for their commitment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, welcoming them into the Air Force family of professionals. 

"It's what these kids are doing (serving in the Air Force) that allow people to do things such as come to these games and live freely at home," said Col. Robertson. "These recruits will have the chance of doing the same admirable things that many have done before them to help preserve freedom and democracy."