Riverside resident James McGrath entered military service with the focus of making a career.
For him, it was the best path because it also meant following in his father’s footsteps to the U.S. Air Force.
Family is important to McGrath, 22, who is originally from Tampa, Fla. His own family will be growing soon, as well.
McGrath has been married to Cheyenne since February, and the couple is expecting its first daughter, Aria Leigh, in December.
His work involves security and safety.
“I am actually security forces, which is pretty much military police,” he said.
When not working, McGrath enjoys playing video games, working on cars and spending time with his dogs.
Branch of service, rank, years in service: U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman, four years of service.
How he got involved in the military: “I’ve always wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, and he served in the Air Force for four years. I decided to actually make it a career.”
What actions he performed: McGrath works in security forces, which involves checking IDs, dealing with domestic issues and DUIs.
Quotable: “(It is great) knowing that I have helped many people along this journey. Going to work is different everyday because you don’t know what is going to happen or what kind of news you will receive.”
Most satisfying part about the person’s work: “When people come to me and thank me for my service and sacrifice, it makes me the happiest person and it feels great for everyone’s support. A lot of people don’t realize or understand the struggles the military goes through and a simple thank you is one of the best things to receive.”
Most memorable moment of service: “There’s so much I will remember for life. But I would have to say that one day while I was traveling, a young boy came to me and gave me a salute and thanked me. He was no older than 5 years old, and it was one of the best moments I have experienced. It was a moment that will always be in my heart.”
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