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Week 8: Air Force Basic Military Training - Transcript

Speaker 1: The Airman's run is a celebration of their achievements here at BMT, and it's an opportunity for the families to come down to see the change that has been made in these individuals since they got here. This is the first time they get to see them.

Speaker 2: We're here to see Andrew [inaudible], my son. This has been the longest we've been away from him. We miss him very much.

Speaker 3: My son Carlos is going to be graduating, and I can't wait to see him.

Speaker 4: I'm here to watch my son. He's going to join the Air Force, and he's going to follow my footsteps.

Speaker 1: They get out there. They're in their reflective squadron T-shirts. They're proud, and their mothers and fathers, girlfriends, brothers and sisters, the whole clan is out there screaming and cheering them on. When they do this run, it's just one of those things, that, "Hey, I've made it. I'm there."

Speaker 4: I almost didn't recognize my son.

Speaker 5: We're really proud of him because he's one of the older guys here.

Speaker 3: That's our boy.

Speaker 1: Take that Airman's run, and the graduation kind of encapsulates everything that they've gone through in the eight-and-a-half weeks. It's one of the greatest transformations that you can ever see someone go through.

Speaker 6: This afternoon, we pay special tribute to the men and women of the force. They have successfully completed all graduation requirements and have demonstrated that they are ready to take their place as Airmen in the world's greatest air force.

Speaker 7: The coin ceremony is one of the proudest days of training we'll have in Basic Military Training. It's a symbol of appreciation for what you've done thus far in your short Air Force career. It's the day they're promoted to the ranks of Airmen. It's the day that they are finally accepted into that Air Force family.

It's the reason that you got up every morning at 4:00 or 4:45. It's the reason that you've gone to bed at 21:00 or 22:00, every night, tired and beat down. It's a big sense of accomplishment, especially when you can watch a parent walk past his son or daughter and not even recognize him. You can see the pride in the signs that the family members hold up and the cheers that they have during these ceremonies, and you can see it in the trainees' faces.

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