I grew up a Army Brat in Killeen, Texas (Ft Hood). I absolutely loved everything about growing up in a military town. I loved the merging of all types of racial backgrounds. I loved all the culture. I had my real mommy, a Black mommy, a Puerto Rican mommy, Korean mommy, and Mexican mommy. This really had an influence on the way I grew up. Another thing that had a huge influence on me was the actual Military part. The helicopters, the tanks, the cool people in Uniform, and the Flag, all these things made me smile. Growing up this way ended up permanently changing my entire future.
It wasn’t too easy in the beginning. I had an awesome family and was raised the right way. I was an extremely rebellious teenager though. I made it really hard for my parents. I got pregnant with my first daughter at the age of 17. I was a high school drop out and single mommy by 18 years old. I decided to go to the LVN nursing program immediately after getting my GED and became a nurse. I had my second baby with my now husband Brian, at age 21. Brian was at the time a Sgt. in the Army stationed on Ft Hood. We got married and then of course had our third baby before I was 25. I then became a stay at home mommy. Day care consumed my entire paycheck. Not worth the kids being exposed to illness, etc. Brian got out of the Army after 8 dedicated years. We then left Texas and moved to Owasso, Ok. It was so difficult for me to be a young mommy of three with no family or friends near by. I missed my momma so much.
In near by Tulsa, off the highway, there was an Army National Guard base. It really made me miss home. When I was younger I would dream about being in Uniform. I would cry when I would see soldiers saluting our Flag. Well this same feeling would overcome me every now and again when passing the Tulsa base. I soon found out that there was also an Air Force National Guard base. The F-16’s would fly over our heads daily. Nothing like it! Amazing. I would remind Brian at least once a year how I wished I had joined the military. One day he got super tired of hearing me regretting that I didn’t join. Our children were about 15, 11, and 8 by now. He encouraged me to go talk to a recruiter. He felt like I would be a better fit in the Air Force. I went through with it and on November 4th, 2009 I enlisted in the United States Air Force. I was too old to go active duty so I joined the Guard. I was 33. I was not in shape at all, never ran a day in my life, but May 4th 2010 I went to Lackland Air Force base to complete 9 and ½ weeks of Basic Training, then 6 ½ weeks off to Ft Leonard Wood Missouri to complete tech school. Hardest thing I have EVER done my entire life. I cried almost everyday. I couldn’t stand being away from my family. After training I came home as Airman First Class Jenny Adamus. I am currently Senior Airman Adamus. After I came home I went straight to school. I received an Associates Degree in Education, Associates Degree in Business Administration, and an Associates Degree in Transportation/Logistics. I was a high school drop out. It was awesome! I finally got to wear a cap and gown.
The best part of this entire adventure is how I now know that someday, when I am older, sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch, I will not be thinking “What if?” I did it! I succeeded! It was so hard, but I did it. I will not have regrets for not following a dream. You shouldn’t either. Don’t let anything stop you! What are your dreams?