by Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
3/17/2015 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- It
all started with wanting to get into shape. He used to watch members of
the cross country team running after school, wishing it was him. Then
one day, he wasn't just watching anymore. He was pounding the pavement
At only 12 years old, Airman 1st Class Augustin Sloan, personnelist from
the 5th Force Support Squadron, began something that would soon open
many doors in his life -- running.
"Like anything else, when you're first starting off at something, you're
going to be at the bottom," Sloan said. "But as the years go on, you'll
eventually work to the top. That's what happened to me."
By his junior year of high school, Sloan was competing on the varsity team, where he was able place at the state level.
During his high school career, Sloan also lettered -- to earn notoriety
in a particular academic area -- three years in track and field and
three years in cross country, allowing him the opportunity to receive a
Sloan declined the scholarship and signed up for the Air Force instead.
"I wanted to better myself, and I believed I was capable of achieving
something greater," Sloan said. "I was in the recruiter's office 24
Now, approximately 500 miles away from home, the Montana native decided to take running to the next level, the Air Force level.
"I knew the Air Force had many extracurricular activities to offer,"
Sloan said. "I decided to apply for the Air Force Cross Country team."
The application process for the Air Force Cross Country team requires
Airmen to submit their 5K, half marathon, and other distance times to
determine if they are eligible. With a 5K time of 15 minutes, 49 seconds
and the ability to finish a half marathon in 1:18:35, Sloan was able to
make the team.
"I've always had that strive to compete," Sloan said. "More than
anything, I love to be in a situation where I'm able to demonstrate my
talents for my team."
Being a part of the team means that he would have to take a temporary
duty assignment to travel and participate in races all over the country.
"Managing a military career while training to be a competitive runner is
a daunting task, but he takes it on with the utmost dedication and
effort," said Senior Airman Hayden Thomas, 5th Security Forces
installation entry controller, and Sloan's running partner. "We met
during a 5K when he was at Lackland Air Force Base and I was in tech
school. Since we've both been stationed at Minot, we have logged many
Although he has been running for a while, he still finds room for
growth. In September, he participated in the Bomber Run held on base. It
was the first half marathon he's ever competed in, and he was awarded
"It was quite a good experience for me," Sloan said. "It's got me addicted to marathons now."
To maintain his talent and remain prepared for the team, Sloan makes
time to run every day. He alternates between running long distance
indoors during the winter and variations of sprinting exercises outdoors
during the summer.
"I get a run in two times a day, seven days a week," Sloan said. "If I take a day off in a week, that's pretty rare."
"It isn't uncommon for myself or another security forces member to be
patrolling base during all hours of the day and see him running, even in
the harshest of Minot weather," Thomas added.
Even though he made the team based on his run times, he was unable to
compete this year because he didn't participate in enough races
throughout the year to be eligible. However, with the following season
approaching next February, Sloan intends to put forth his best efforts
to make both the Air Force Cross Country and Track and Field teams for