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Broadcast journalist stretches service through Airmen

MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL JOINT AIR RESERVE STATION, Minn -- Getting a glimpse into all the different jobs throughout the Air Force and showing why Airmen they are so vital to mission success what Staff Sgt. Jessica Lewellen recently said she does, when not stretching them into odd poses.

"I tell the Airman's story through broadcast journalism," said Lewellen. "I get to work alongside people whose paths would have never crossed with mine, and I highlight what makes each Airman vital to the success of such a big organization."

Being a broadcast journalist requires a person to relate to people and make them comfortable so they trust you, open up, and share what they do, said Lewellen. It takes an ability to show people their value, through highlighting their jobs, to tell the Air Force story.

Lewellen was an English high school teacher for seven years and is now the Studio Assistant Manager for CorePower Yoga and Spa in Apple Valley. She also works as a business developer and educational outreach for Studio 925 Yoga, by bringing yoga on-site, at businesses and schools.

"Jessica is dedicated, creative and a team player," said Tech. Sgt. Lynette Olivares, chief of the base's broadcast studio. "It definitely benefits the shop when she brings her civilian experience as a teacher, or yoga instructor, to the 133rd."

Lewellen said that one of the most challenging things about being in the Air National Guard is trying to master two career fields; however, the opportunities the National Guard gives her is worth all the challenges.

"I got to sing the national anthem with my sister, at a Twins game," said Lewellen. "I got to fly in a Black Hawk and in a C-130. There are so many things I get to experience that I wouldn't have, if not for the military.

Lewellen said that the military gave her a greater sense of pride as a citizen, and as an Airman. The military taught her tremendous discipline and confidence in knowing, if she can be a part of the Air Force, she can do anything.