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Christopher Klein

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Christopher Klein, a $3000 The Boeing Company/ThanksUSA Scholarship Recipient, has been in love with airplanes and aviation as long as he can remember. From the moment Christopher saw the skies from the cockpit of a military transport aircraft, he knew he was destined to fly. Now a sophomore at the Prescott Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Christopher is studying aeronautical science to gain the knowledge necessary to fulfill his dream of becoming a successful Air Force officer. This week, Christopher shares his academic achievements, career goals, and patriotism with ThanksUSA supporters.

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Christopher’s father, LCDR Richard Klein, retired from the United States Coast Guard after 24 years of service. Having spent his entire life as a military dependent, Chris has appreciated every opportunity that his military lifestyle has offered. He explains, “I think my dad being in the military has awarded me some awesome experiences. I have been to countless countries around the globe on military aircraft. Some pilots would allow me to sit and watch takeoff and landing, and one instance, an air to air refueling! I don’t know many other people who have been allowed to experience such things. I’m sure that if my childhood was any different, I’d be a very different person. I believe my childhood experiences are what really connected me to aviation.”

To better prepare him for his chosen career, Christopher is enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Embry-Riddle. One aspect of the ROTC program that Christopher appreciates most is the Arnold Air Society. “The Arnold Air Society is a community service and business oriented organization that allows cadets to step up and truly learn how to lead. I would have to credit Arnold Air Society with changing me the most. To become part of the society, our squadron at Embry-Riddle executes a rigorous training program that tests us physically, mentally, and emotionally in ways that could not be found outside of the military. The less devoted and driven cadets drop out, and those who complete the training program emerge a different person. After training we, as a team, do a wide range of community service projects. These projects range from highway cleanups, to organizing blood drives, to teaching elementary schoolchildren. It feels good to be able to give back to the community and just help out. I would definitely say Arnold Air Society has best shaped me,” says Christopher.

To enhance his academics, Christopher interned with the Massachusetts Port Authority this past summer. He notes that the skills he learned during the internship will continue to play a role in his education: “My internship with MassPort taught me a good number of things. I was tasked with rewriting the Airport Emergency Plan which is required by the FAA. To learn how to begin the plan, I had to read through over a thousand pages of FAA requirements, other plans, and various procedural documents. After this initial process was done, I had to outline the structure of the plan, and begin writing. If there was only one thing I could have learned from the experience, it would have been organization. If outlining the plan wasn’t difficult enough, try keeping a thousand pages of different documents separate on your desk! I also learned about communication skills as I had to reach out and contact various individuals and organizations about their roles in the plan. This experience taught me skills that I will use for the rest of my life.”

As Christopher reminded me, an education at Embry-Riddle is expensive. He adds, “Aviation in general is an expensive industry. My family is supporting me as much as possible to get my education and begin working in the aviation industry. Every dollar helps, and the generosity of The Boeing Company and ThanksUSA has made a significant impact by helping earn more hours of better instruction in the air. The hours and instruction makes me a better pilot and makes me a more competitive candidate for an employer down the road.”

Christopher, your education, self-discipline, and dedication to serving the United States will certainly lead to a rewarding career. ThanksUSA is proud to support Christopher’s education and we look forward to following his achievements. In honor of Veterans Day, I hope that you will support students like Christopher by making your tax-deductible donation to ThanksUSA. In closing, Christopher has a special message for The Boeing Company:

“I would really like to express my thanks and gratitude to Major General Jack Catton, The Boeing Company and ThanksUSA for their generosity and investment in me. I am using the scholarship to soak up as much as I can and become a better pilot.”

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Khameron Mitchem

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As October draws to a close, so does a month of mid-terms and homecomings. I hope all of our ThanksUSA Scholarship recipients fared well during this hectic month and are continuing to excel in their studies! This week’s featured scholar, Khameron Mitchem, received a $3000 The Boeing Company/ThanksUSA Scholarship to begin his studies of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
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From a very young age, Khameron was interested in discovering how items were assembled and figuring out how they worked. He began to focus on complicated puzzles and Lego models and eventually graduated to more advanced hobbies like model rockets. Khameron also has a keen interest in space.  He explains, “When I first learned about space in elementary school, it became my dream to one day go into space. It is a dream I still hope to achieve.”  The culmination of childhood dreams and a strong academic foundation led Khameron to study aerospace engineering…a field that may one day allow him to travel beyond our planet.

Khameron’s long-term goals are to pursue a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering and to obtain employment working with propulsion systems in the aerospace industry or a space program. “This is an exciting time of change within the space program with new missions being implemented and new equipment in the planning stages. I am energized at th prospect of being a part of that process,” says Khameron.  With such enthusiasm for his chosen field, I had to ask Khameron about his dream job. He responded, “My dream job would be an engineer on the Starship Enterprise. Since that’s not going to happen, I would love to work on the next generation space shuttle and new ways to get into space.”

Khameron  also wishes to remain active with Boy Scouts of America. Last year, Khameron earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, a rare honor that only five percent of all Boy Scouts achieve nationwide. Khameron says,  “So much of who I am and what I have accomplished can be attributed to my years as a Boy Scout. I would like to continue volunteering my time to help younger Boy Scouts advance within the ranks.”

Admirable goals, Khameron. I hope that one day you will make it into space!

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this scholarship available to students. It really does make a difference in our lives by helping us get the education necessary for our futures.” – Khameron Mitchem

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Stop and read the bulletin boards! This very wise advice comes from stellar ThanksUSA scholarship recipient, Bailey Smith. This Mississippi State University student has been recognized as a President’s Scholar, is a member of the MSU Pre-law society, and is currently the top ranked junior in the Political Science department. Bailey has received multiple ThanksUSA scholarships, including a $3000 Boeing Company/ThanksUSA Scholarship for the 2009/2010 academic year. She extends her gratitude to all who have made her ThanksUSA scholarships possible.

Bailey Smith

Recently, Bailey has declared a double major in Communications and Political Science. To supplement her academics, Bailey participates as a delegate in the Mississippi Model Security Council.  The council simulates U.N. resolutions dealing in world security issues and facilitates simulations for high school students each spring semester. Not only is Bailey eager to pursue an international career utilizing her political science and communications skills, but she also looks forward to serving her country.

Her long-term academic goals include graduating at the top of her class in both majors and then continuing on to law school. Once in law school, Bailey plans to join the AFROTC program and hopes to be admitted into the Air Force JAG program. “I am pursuing this path because I think it provides for optimum stability and opportunity. I believe I work most efficiently in this environment and can serve my fellow-man most effectively through these pursuits.”

As academically motivated as Bailey is, she hopes fellow students will take some time to experience life outside of the classroom. “While in college, we need to embrace the variety in culture and immerse ourselves in new experiences while the opportunities are abundant. We should take nothing for granted and seize every moment while we can.” Bailey is a trumpet player in the Famous Maroon Band as well as the community concert band and is the president of the club sport “S.C.U.B.A. Dawgs” which is a student group that trains and certifies members as SCUBA divers.
I was so intrigued by Bailey’s SCUBA diving, that I had to learn more…which is how I learned of her great advice – read the bulletin boards:

“I adopted a policy when I first transferred to Mississippi State University. I imposed this policy on myself in an effort to broaden my horizons as much as possible. The policy is that I must stop and read the bulletin boards on campus every time I pass one. If I am able to attend an event or lecture– I tell myself to go and meet new people and learn new things. When I read that there was a sample SCUBA diving class offered at the university gym for $5, I went. I loved the thrill of it, the science that went into it, and the people who participated in it. After my first jump from a boat into the depths of the ocean, I was hooked. I had been immersed into a different world– one most will never see. Something about that fact keeps me going back every chance I get and taking all the people I can with me. I would like everyone to “experience the unknown” so-to-speak. I believe it makes you appreciate the world and the beautiful mysteries of it that much more. Also, I believe being a the president of the SCUBA diving club gives me the opportunity to befriend many new people and show them just a small portion of the wealth of opportunity that the university has to offer.”

Isn’t that a wonderful policy? May you all pause to read the bulletin boards and find a new passion in your own life!

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