Army National Guard / 1Lt. Jessica Burch
KPIX Weekday Morning Meteorologist CBS News Bay Area
The opportunity to fly and be a leader.
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.
I am a pilot for the California Army National Guard.
I am based out of Mather Airbase in Sacramento.
Earning my wings was one of the best days of my life.
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.
It has given me so much structure in my life and a good foundation of morals and drive.
Professionalism is very important both as an on-air meteorologist as well as an Army officer.
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.
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.
Just because I’m a pilot doesn’t mean I am in the Air Force, LOL.
It’s not a military one… But “we should all take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.”