by Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle
446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
12/7/2012 - MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. -- A
husband's desire to support his wife's decision to enlist turned into a
double enlistment when he raised his hand to join the Air Force Reserve
Eric and Ashlee Todd enlisted together Nov. 30.
The decision was sparked after a visit with AF Reserve Recruiter Master
Sgt. Charles Loftland in Tukwilla, Wash. Eric originally went to support
his wife, but support turned to enthusiasm after listening to Loftland.
The Seattle couple left the office with a commitment to become Citizen
"I had often thought about joining the Air Force, but I never really had
the courage," said Eric, a coordination center officer with the
Transportation Security Administration in SeaTac, Wash. "Ashlee
encouraged me to believe in myself. Sergeant Loftland made the Reserve
sound so appealing, I felt it would be a perfect fit."
Loftland said initially, Eric had no intention of joining the Reserve,
but as he started explaining the Reserve mission and the benefits of
being a Reservist, Eric started coming around.
Ashlee, a student at Argosy University in Seattle, said being in the
Reserve together will help make their marriage grow even stronger.
"It'll help him better understand what I'm going through, because he's
doing it to," she said. "We'll be able to relate to each other a lot
better. When one of us has to deploy, the other one will understand the
pains better, and it'll be that much easier to go, because we'll both
know what it takes to deal with it."
Eric said being in the military together will allow them to share the
same lifestyle. "If only one of us was in the Reserve and the other
wasn't either, she or I would feel sort of 'left out.' With us both
going in, we can support each other more in our activities and we can
appreciate and share what we've learned each new day," he said.
Ashlee will enter the Reserve as an Airman with the 36th Aerial Port
Squadron here. "I would like to see myself integrating it with my
Eric chose the emergency management career field with the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron here.
"I wanted to do something where I could respond in emergencies," he
said. "I've always wanted a job where I could help people. I'm kind of a
dispatcher at my civilian job, so I wanted to be a responder in order
to help, while staying out of harm's way."
Ashlee said she was influenced to join by some of her former coworkers were also Reservists.
"When I worked for TSA, I saw all these other amazing people with
military backgrounds," she said. I figured,' you know what? I'm going to
school right now. I want to serve, and I'm a big fan of volunteering.'
In my own way, the Reserve is how I'd like to give back."