Why I Serve -- Chandler

Senior Airman Aalona Chandler performs an eye examination on a member of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 17, 2015. Chandler, an optometry technician with the 127th Medical Group, said almost every member of the Wing eventually has to see him for an eye exam, giving him an appreciation for the diversity that exists in the Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Samara Taylor)

Senior Airman Aalona Chandler performs an eye examination on a member of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 17, 2015. Chandler, an optometry technician with the 127th Medical Group, said almost every member of the Wing eventually has to see him for an eye exam, giving him an appreciation for the diversity that exists in the Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Samara Taylor)

130725-Z-HC784-027 – Senior Airman Aalona Chandler, a member of the 127th Medical Group, records the results of an Airman’s vision test at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, July 25, 2013. The 127th Medical Group is charged with maintaining the medical readiness of nearly 1,700 Citizen-Airmen in the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson/Released)

130725-Z-HC784-027 – Senior Airman Aalona Chandler, a member of the 127th Medical Group, records the results of an Airman’s vision test at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, July 25, 2013. The 127th Medical Group is charged with maintaining the medical readiness of nearly 1,700 Citizen-Airmen in the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson/Released)

130725-Z-HC784-027 – Senior Airman Aalona Chandler, a member of the 127th Medical Group, records the results of an Airman’s vision test at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, July 25, 2013. The 127th Medical Group is charged with maintaining the medical readiness of nearly 1,700 Citizen-Airmen in the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson/Released)

130725-Z-HC784-027 – Senior Airman Aalona Chandler, a member of the 127th Medical Group, records the results of an Airman’s vision test at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, July 25, 2013. The 127th Medical Group is charged with maintaining the medical readiness of nearly 1,700 Citizen-Airmen in the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson/Released)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- As the only optometry technician in the 127th Medical Group, Senior Airman Aalona Chandler meets almost everybody at Selfridge sooner or later.

I appreciate all the diversity we have in this wing," Chandler said. "You meet people from all walks of life."

Chandler provides visual acuity and color perception exams for Airmen, to ensure they are ready to deploy as needed.

Chandler said being in the Air National Guard has given him a leg up in his civilian career as a medical laboratory technician. Chandler is also a student at Ashford University in Ohio.

"Airman Chandler is terrific to work with," said Lt. Col. Dr. Nelson Edwards. "He's ambitious and very hard working."

Information on careers at the 127th Wing is available at www.127wg.ang.af.mil/careers or by calling (800) 645-9420. Information on the Air National Guard is available at www.goang.com and on the Air Force as a whole at http://www.airforce.com

About the 127th Wing
Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command operations by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 98th year of continuous military air operations in 2015.