Archive for February, 2010

Service Members – Day 11

Here it is! The infamous “two for one deal” that I’ve been promising for the last two days. Be honest, how many of you thought that I was hinting at an engagement shoot?

After a few delays I am glad to bring you all U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant Jack M. and Brittany Oligney. Britt is in my DINFOS class section and after learning about my day job, she asked if I wouldn’t mind taking some engagement pictures when herfianceJack came into town.

We planned to head down to theLincoln Memorial and unfortunately, we had a bit of a weather delay with the snow storms last week. Undeterred, Jack and Britt opted to have an engagement session in my impromptu studio here in my hotel room and wouldn’t you know it, the photos turned out great!

And here’s a little background about these two; Jack grew up in Nashville, Tenn., as model airplane pilot, football player and a gun enthusiast. HeattendedVanderbiltwhere hereceiveda bachelor’s degree in economics and went on to commission through R.O.T.C.. Britt was raised on a steady diet of wake boarding and volleyball in Katy, Texas. After high school, Britt attended the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and completed a degree in aeronautical engineering (big brain!).

While photographing these two I got a chance to hear theirneat story of how they met. While Jack was attending Undergraduate Pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, he ran into Britt who was working as a protocol officer. Without hesitation (according to him…dudes have to stick together) he asked Britt out on a Pizza date and the rest is history.

These two are tying the knot in next month in Austin, Texas and I wish them the best of luck with the rest of their lives together.

Service Members – Day 10

There’s a temporary hold on the “two for one deal” for the time being, but I was fortunate to have a great replacement on the bench!

I bring you U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Paul Blankenship, who comes to us from Edmond, Okla. Paul has 15 years under his belt in the Air National Guard assigned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing.

Paul began his ANG career as an enlisted Air Transportations Specialist in 1995. Four years later, Paul cross trained to become a Logistics Management Specialist. Before commissioning in 2008, Paul finished up his enlisted career as a Master Sgt., which is a pretty big deal in the Air Force.

An interesting fact about Paul, he graduated from Oklahoma Baptist Universitywith a bachelors degree in music and is an ordained minister. When he’s not putting in his weekends, Paul works Monday through Friday as a logistics management specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Service Members – Day 9

Alright, one more post away from double digits…does that count for anything? Probably not but I am happy to bring you U.S. Navy Lieutenant Aaron Kakiel.

Aaron grew up in Fayetteville, Pa. and after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he was commissioned as an Ensign and began his sea voyaging journeys in submarines.

Aaron served on board the USS Hartford based in Groton, Conn. from 2004-2007. He made a special note to include that he was on the Hartford “after the grounding, but before the collision.”

During his time on the Hartford, Aaron was privileged to lead the electrical, auxiliary, and communications divisions, during a successful Southern Command deployment and an extensive shipyard period.

Following his time on the Hartford, Aaron served as the South Asia and Oceania Policy and Plans Officer with the U.S. Seventh Fleet. In that role he “tooted his own horn quite a bit,” which led him to decide on a career in public affairs.

After miraculously being selected for lateral transfer, sparing him from going back to submarines, Aaron is on his way with his career as a Public Affairs Officer upon graduating from DINFOS.

I only get a chance to talk to Aaron here and there, but I gathered quickly early on that he’s a good dude. Aaron’s always going out of his way to organize social events for the entire class and I appreciate his willingness to bring people together.

Up next, the Air Force, and this time you score a two for one deal!