On this episode, I’m interviewing an Air Force Airman First Class Quay Drawdy on the 3N0X5 – Photojournalist AFSC.
A1C Drawdy is currently stationed at Dyess AFB, and assigned to the 7 Bomb Wing Public Affairs. He hails from a small town in Florida, and saw the Air Force as a way to provide for a future family that he knew he wanted…which he now has!
Below you’ll find some of his amazing photography, as well as a video that he helped work on about a Vietnam veteran telling his story. This is an amazing story that he and A1C White (and others I’m sure), of the 7BW/PA, arranged and put together. Well worth a watch!
NOTE: Did you know that almost all of the photos on the Forever Wingman website come from images taken by Air Force Photojournalists? Check out the links below for more AF photos.
Some of the biggest things that I took away from this very informative interview was:
1. Being a Photojournalist in the Air Force is much more than just taking pictures! You’ll be interviewing people, coordinating media requests (thanks for helping me A1C Drawdy!), and writing pieces that tell stories and informs the public.
2. You’ll be working with some very influential people and high level leaders. Maturity is paramount.
3. The Air Force is going to be teaching you a skill that you can use when you get out, but also while you are in. Can you say wedding photography?!? Watch out for family members requesting your skills though!
Here’s a little overview of the AFSC:
Duties. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and conducts command information, community engagement, and media operations communications activities. Engages in digital and print photojournalism, to include photographing, writing, editing and managing content for base websites and other social media platforms, periodicals, guides, pamphlets and fact sheets. Prepares and releases news for internal audiences and media, arranges and conducts tours, and other community engagement activities. Researches and writes speeches. Accomplishes and processes photography. Documents visual history of Air Force mission. Captures, stores, enhances, crops, captions, prints, or transmits images via secure and unsecure transmission systems.
1. You’ll need at least a 72 general score on the ASVAB.
2. There are roughly 758 people within the AFSC, with 461 males (60.82%) and 297 females (39.18%).
3. Tech School is 60 classroom days Fort Mead, MD.
4. Lastly, you’ll earn credits toward a CCAF degree in Mass Communication.
Some Work and Contributions From A1C Drawdy's Portfolio:
Jack Hinkle: Vietnam War Veteran
The Vietnam War was more violent and deadly than you could imagine. Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Jack Hinkle shares his experiences on the front lines as a U.S. Marine Corps rifleman. He remembers his fallen brothers, shares his struggles with PTSD and his experience returning home from the war. Dyess Air Force Base commanders helped present and honor veterans for the "50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration" ceremony.
Want to learn more about the different AFSCs?
Check out the Individual Job pages. Each AFSC has a dedicated page with description, ASVAB requirements, CCAF Degrees, YouTube videos, and more. I created these to help you research what jobs are available to you and which ones meet your career goals.