22nd AMDS member earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Laura L. Valentine
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Christopher Lange, 22nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering apprentice, has been in the Air Force for one year and has been stationed at McConnell since completion of technical training. The Houston, Texas, native enjoys reading, playing tennis, watching TV and being a movie critic.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
I would have to say my mother is the most positive influence in my life. Not only did she lead by example when it came to instilling morale values during my childhood, she also accomplished her own goals while doing it. My mother has two degrees, a bachelors and masters, and has also served in the army. She never told me there was a limit to what I could do for a career. She always encourages me to find the passion in what I do and ask the question, why I am doing it.

What would you like to accomplish during your Air Force career?
In my Air Force career I would like to obtain a graduate degree, keeping in line with the Air Force's focus on continued education. I would also enjoy being stationed overseas and experiencing other cultures. My main priority is to continue to train and become an asset for my shop and career field.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
The most interesting place I have traveled to would be the Dominican Republic. I was visiting the country on vacation but it was not the sandy beaches and all you can eat buffets that made the biggest impact on me. It was the culture outside the walls. Everyone in the town lived and functioned without three-fourths of the materials things I had brought in my suitcase. It was a great eye-opener, at the age of 15, to see what it really meant to live off of the land.

What is your favorite book/ movie and why?
My favorite book to date is "The Shack" by William P. Young. It is my favorite because it allows you to think differently about God and the type of conversations you can have with him in the face of tragedy. The author does a great job of putting God into a 21st century context. My favorite movies are The Matrix trilogy. I enjoy the movies because they force me to think beyond what I have been told is true reality - challenging my senses and intellectual knowledge to believe that there can always be something more than what is given or taught to you.

If you have the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I wouldn't want to meet any one person in the world. Instead I would want to host a forum of great minds and personalities. The list would include: current President of the United States Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to name a few. My participation in this forum would be the ultimate observer watching the debate over political, social, and religious issues. Why? Because I believe that no one person truly shows you who they are until they are challenged to perform at their best.