106th Airmen to be featured in Futures Magazine

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, poses with a halligan bar at the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017.

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, poses with a halligan bar at the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017. Cepeda was chosen to be featured in the upcoming Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, empties a fire hose at the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017.

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, empties a fire hose at the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017. Cepeda refilled Crash 4 after a training exercise, in which she was shadowed by Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

Jeff Allen, a Futures magazine photographer, takes a photo of Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, operating Crash 4 at the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017.

Jeff Allen, a Futures magazine photographer, takes a photo of Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, operating Crash 4 at the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017. Cepeda was chosen to be featured in the 2018 Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, sits down for an interview with Futures Magazine at the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017.

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, sits down for an interview with Futures Magazine at the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach, New York November 2, 2017. Cepeda was chosen to be featured in the upcoming Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, looks left during a basic survival training recap in the woods of Westhampton Beach, New York November 1, 2017.

Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, looks left during a basic survival training recap in the woods of Westhampton Beach, New York November 1, 2017. Triani taught basic survival training while being shadowed by Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, demonstrates how to make a mattress from a used parachute in the woods of Westhampton Beach, New York November 1, 2017.

Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, demonstrates how to make a mattress from a used parachute in the woods of Westhampton Beach, New York November 1, 2017. Triani taught basic survival training while being shadowed by Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

Jeff Allen, a Futures Magazine photographer, takes a photo of Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, during basic survival training in the woods of Westhampton Beach, New York November 1, 2017.

Jeff Allen, a Futures Magazine photographer, takes a photo of Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, during basic survival training in the woods of Westhampton Beach, New York November 1, 2017. Triani was chosen to be featured in the 2018 Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

The crew from Futures magazine watch as Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, is photographed doing muscle-ups at a CrossFit Gym in Bayport New York November 1, 2017.

The crew from Futures magazine watch as Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, is photographed doing muscle-ups at a CrossFit Gym in Bayport New York November 1, 2017. Triani was chosen to be featured in the upcoming Futures Magazine, a magazine that highlights the lives of military service members and is distributed to high schools across the United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach, NY --

GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Westhampton Beach, NY – Futures Magazine, an annual Department of Defense publication which highlights the lives of military service members, shadowed two Airman from the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, Westhampton Beach, NY, on and off-duty from October 31 to November 2, 2017.


The magazine, which is distributed to high schools across the United States, chose to follow Staff. Sgt. Alejandra Cepeda, a fire fighter with the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Senior Airman Alexander Triani, a survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing, in order to find their motives for joining the Air National Guard, what they like about the military, and how they adjust between civilian and military life.


"It was a tremendous honor to have been given the opportunity to inspire the future generation of service members in our country,” said Cepeda. “It enlightened me to reflect on the greatest lesson I’ve learned during my time in the service, the power of your own perseverance and drive to succeed."


Cepeda took the three person team from Futures Magazine around New York City to show parts of her civilian life. The following day, Futures Magazine followed Cepeda during a pump and roll training exercise at the 106th Rescue Wing, in which she used a hose truck to circle an aircraft while spraying it down.


Futures Magazine also followed Triani as he held a basic survival skills training session in a wooded area near the air base, then later that day while coaching at a CrossFit gym in Bayport, New York.


After spending the day photographing the Airmen, Futures Magazine sat down to interview each of them.


“It was great to represent the squadron and my unit,” said Triani. “To speak to a larger audience, to show one of the many opportunities the Guard and the Air Force provides.”

           

The magazine is scheduled to be released September 2018 and will feature the photos and interviews from the three days spent with the Airmen.