Thursday, November 12, 2015

Q&A with Staff Sergent Scot Blankenship

Scot Blankenship has lived Ripley for 15 years. He lives in Fairplain with his wife Beth and his two sons Lucas, a senior at Ripley High, and Gavin an 8th grader at Ripley Middle. He has been on the Charleston City Police force for 20 years. In his spare time he works on cars and golfs.

Q: What made you join the military?
A: I have always had a deep respect for the military. It was something I had always wanted to do.

Q: How old were you when you first joined?
A: I was 20. I was in college for two years and decided to go into the Air National Guard. I enlisted in December 1990.

Q: What brach of the military did you serve in?
A: I served in the Air National Guard until I was discharged in 2004.

Q: Where were you stationed?
A: I was stationed at Yeager Airport in Charleston for a long time. When I was deployed in 2003, I was stationed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait.

Q: Were there any wars going on when you were in service and if so which ones?
A: I was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom during the War on Terror in 2003.

Q: Please share a memory.
A: My favorite memory is when I finally got off the plane and saw my family on the runway after being gone for 7 months.

Q: How has serving affected your life outside of the military?
A: I feel it has taught me self-discipline and given me even more respect for authority and those who served. I also appreciate more the sacrifices others have made in the military.

Q: What opportunities have the military provided that you might not have otherwise?
A: Definitely travel. I was sent to Central America, Canada, Spain, Germany, France, Scotland, and the Middle East. That one was a little less pleasant.

Q: What was your job when you were deployed?
A: I was a C130 engine mechanic. I worked on airplane engines all day. I've used the experience gained from that to work on cars so I never have to take one to a shop.

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