Dad, daughter make technical school a family project

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  • By Senior Airman Holly Mansfield
  • 81st Training Wing Public Affairs

Most kids graduating from an educational program could probably consider having a parent or family member attend a graduation to be normal.

For Staff Sgt. Michael McDonald and his daughter Airman 1st Class Breanna McDonald, going through cyber courses at the 336th Training Squadron at the same time was a once-in-a-life-time chance.

“I never thought in a million years that we would be going through training with each other,” said Michael. “It’s a chance that doesn’t happen very often but I’m glad that I got to be here with my daughter. I’m extremely proud of her and I think she has done a dynamite job during her time here at Keesler.”

Before joining the Air Force, Breanna wanted to be in the military like her father. While growing up, she watched her father progress through his careers in the active duty Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Air National Guard.

Recently, Michael was able to see his daughter take the next step in her military career by attending her course’s graduation ceremony.

“My dad was the main reason why I joined the Air Force, so to be here with him is really awesome to me,” said Breanna. “The fact that he actually got to see my achievements and experience it with me is something that not a lot of people get. I got to have him here telling me he’s proud of me; it’s one of the best feelings.”

Even though Breanna graduated Oct. 15, her and Michael are already excited about what is next to come. The pair will be stationed at the Air National Guard’s 178th Wing based out of Springfield, Ohio.

“When he comes back to Springfield, we‘ll be in different units but we will still be able to get lunch, work out, and do other things with each other,” said Breanna. “I’m excited that my dad and I will be stationed together after he graduates because it will help build our relationship even further and gives us things in common to do with each other. It is nice having a family-oriented Air Force because I get to build these bonds while being an Airman.”