Veteran profile: JESSICA BURCH

By Nazy Javid & Larena Baldazo

  1. Please provide an introduction to your military service (branch/title, etc.)

Army National Guard / 1Lt. Jessica Burch

  1. Please provide an introduction to your current career (employer/title, etc.)

KPIX Weekday Morning Meteorologist CBS News Bay Area

  1. What motivated you to join the military?

The opportunity to fly and be a leader. 

  1. Tell me a little about your time in basic training.

I actually did BOLC (Basic Officer Leadership Course) which was the intro to flight training for the Army. It was a year long. and such an amazing experience.

  1. What was (is) your primary job after training?

I am a pilot for the California Army National Guard.

  1. Where did (do) you serve the majority of time in service?

I am based out of Mather Airbase in Sacramento.

  1. Which medals or citations are you most honored to have received, and why?

Earning my wings was one of the best days of my life.

  1. Tell me a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.

I’m grateful there were no cameras on me while first learning to fly Blackhawks, let’s just say I had some bumpy landings at first.

  1. How did (does) your military experience influence your career goals?

It has given me so much structure in my life and a good foundation of morals and drive.

  1. How did (does) your military experience lend itself to the work you do today?

Professionalism is very important both as an on-air meteorologist as well as an Army officer.

  1. How did (does) your military experience affect your personal life today?

I think it gave me more insight to determining what’s important in life. I don’t sweat the small things the same way and I feel comfortable communicating with anyone despite their title or rank.

  1. What have you learned about yourself?

I am so much stronger than I give myself credit for. I am proud of myself and humble because I know there is still so much more to learn and eager because of that.

  1. Is there anything you wish civilians understood about military service?

Just because I’m a pilot doesn’t mean I am in the Air Force, LOL.

  1. Are there any military nonprofit organizations that you encourage civilians to support?

The USO!!

  1. What is your favorite inspirational military quote?

It’s not a military one… But “we should all take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.”