“My dad was in the Air Force, so I’ve seen them take the oath, and I’m excited and a little nervous to do it, too,” said Kathryn Rogers, a recent Miami University graduate and new finance cost estimator in a developmental position at WPAFB. “I feel like there’s a sense of commitment attached to it, even as a civilian.”
Others were renewing an oath they took years or decades ago and many times since in camouflage.
“I don’t think taking the oath today will be different than when I took it as active duty because I will still be committed to and love the United States,” said Michael Hargett Jr., a program manager in the Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery Division at Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. “I’ve been in the military for 14 1/2 years, and I’ll continue to do wonderful things for the military. I’m proud to be doing this as a civilian, just as I was as a military person.”
As the civilians finish onboarding, receiving common access cards and meeting new colleagues across Wright-Patt, Leingang said he hopes they will kick off their duties with the spirit of purpose behind the oath.
Michael Hargett Jr. and other new civilian hires take the oath of office during their onboarding on April 26 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/WESLEY FARNSWORTH