JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas --
For Airman 1st Class Blake Adler, a member of the U.S. Air Force Drill Team, a recent trip to San Antonio, Texas April 19-23, was a special homecoming.
“I grew up going to all of these events,” Adler, a San Antonio native said. “Actually participating in them was a dream come true and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. Fiesta is such a big event and just a lot of fun.”
Adler said it all became possible during a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard recruiting trip to basic military training where Adler was drawn to the sharpness and professionalism of the casket bearers.
“Seeing what the Honor Guard does for the families of our fallen instantly drew me in,” Adler said. “I knew I had to be a part of it when I saw the opportunity.”
After being a casket bearer for more than a year and a half, Adler decided the next step in his journey would be joining the U.S. Air Force Drill Team. Airmen in the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard are eligible to apply to the drill team, which is the traveling component of the Honor Guard whose mission is to recruit, retain and inspire Airmen.
“I was just hungry to get better,” Adler said. “The drill team is fun, different and a great way to continue getting better.”
Master Sgt. Jason Evans, U.S. Air Force Drill Team commander, said Adler is a perfect fit for the drill team.
“Adler is one of the most hardworking Airmen I’ve ever met,” Evans said. “People make fun of him for how hard he works. Before every drill, he throws more moves warming-up than anybody else. He comes to work early and stays late…his work ethic is truly what sets him apart.”
Not only is Adler a hard worker, he also cares for the people around him, Evans said.
“His combination of caring and hard work make him a great fit for the drill team,” Evans said. “He’s always trying to get better and help the people around him. It’s very important we have mature and hard-working Airmen like him on the drill team, because we interact with the American public in a less formal manner then the rest of the honor guard.”
The trip not only had an effect on Adler, but also the rest of the team, Evans said.
“The atmosphere at Fiesta week here in San Antonio was amazing,” Evans said. “It’s awesome to see a city with such patriotism and love for their military and country. It felt great to be a part of it.”