Airman 1st Class Carlos Puga: My name is Carlos Puga. I am with the California Air National Guard, and I am an airman first class. My military job title is aerial porter.
I think one of the great things that you learn, even in training, is time management. I think that has really helped me as far as creating that balance. In my spare time, I am involved in my church band. I am actually the musical director and the lead guitarist.
Airman 1st Class Carlos Puga: As a music director, I ensure everything from what songs we play, to the arrangements of the songs, how we play them, where's the bass, the piano, when they come in, when the singer sings, so it's really a supervisor role.
The Air Guard has strengthened my leadership abilities because, even in the training, I was placed in a leadership role, and it really helped to cultivate that sense of taking the initiative. You learn a lot to manage your time and to plan ahead. The other great thing is, especially with the Guard, there's that sense of community that we can usually count on.