We’re here for a good time, not a long time. I am unapologetically me.
Journalist Erin Gordon sat down with Sr A. John Graczyk of the United States Air Force. Hailing from the great state of Florida, he has traveled the globe during his career. With so many things happening in the world today, we wanted to get a good look at the military man and what his true thoughts were.
Q: Where were you born and what was your upbringing like?
A: I was born in Fayetteville, NC in a middle class single parent household. My childhood was fun because my dad was in the Army and we traveled a lot. I got to go many different places and experience many different cultures.
Q: Who has been the greatest influence in your life that has impacted the man you are today?
A: My Nana has been the biggest influence in my life because she raised me while my dad was deployed.
Q: What about your family?
A: It’s always been me and my dad. My Nana has also been a significant influence on my life, helping my dad raise me. The two of them are very close to me.
Q: Can you tell us of your education history and what your goals or life ambition was when you were a student in High School?
A: I graduated from Navarre High School in 2014. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was in high school. I was torn between going to college or joining the military. I joined the military because I wanted to travel and serve something bigger than myself.
Q: Can you tell us of your job experience prior to joining the military?
A: I was a sushi chef in High School at the Slippery Mermaid.
Q: What was the most memorable point at that job?
A: Coming home every day and smelling like fish. It was not a pleasant smell!
Q: Is this where you thought you’d be 5 or so years ago?
A: No, I really didn’t have a clear path but I’ve had a lot of fun in the Air Force and I enjoy what I do. If I hadn’t gone on the path I’m on, I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I have now.
Q: What informed your decision on doing what you’re doing now?
A: My dad and grandpa were in the military so they gave me a good idea of what to expect.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I want to get a bachelors degree and get married to my girlfriend, Erin.
Q: What kind of advice would you offer a student, who is undecided on his or her career path?
A: Join the military first and figure out what you want to do. It gives you more options and time while having a secure job.
Q: How would you describe the state of higher education in America today?
A: There is a lot of opportunities for people in America to get education, but the main issue is the price. Colleges are so expensive today and not many people can afford attending a University. Trade schools are another option that I don’t think many people are taking advantage of.
Q: Have you ever travelled outside of the United States? Where, and how does life outside compare to that in the US?
A: Yes. I’ve been to Germany and I lived in Japan for two years. Life in Japan was similar to the U.S. but the biggest issue was the language barrier.
Q: What does the future hold for America?
A: Bad because of the current pandemic of COVID-19. The state of Americans right now is scary. People all over are freaking out and taking drastic measures that are hurting others.
Q: Are you interested in politics? If no, why not? What is your take on the state of politics and the future of the American democracy?
A: No because I don’t know enough about them.
Q: How are you responding to the outbreak of the Convid-19 virus?
A: My leadership has sent everyone nonessential home so I get to spend 24/7 with Erin and our two dogs.
Q: How are you handling this stay-at-home order?
A: Well. I’m able to play video games all day.
Q: What keeps you going during these trying times?
A: My doggies. We have a redbone coonhound named Lucy and a Beagle Boxer mix named Ace. We’ve been keeping busy by taking them on walks every day and spending time with them at home.
Q: How can the government better handle the situation?
A: By continuing their relentless dedication to their citizens.
Q: What are your hobbies or extracurricular activities?
A: I am a part of a Crossfit gym. I love woking out and playing video games.
Q: How would you describe your philosophy of life? That is, how do you see this life and what principles get you grounded and moving forward?
A: We’re here for a good time, not a long time.
Q: Let us end this interview with a memorable quote from you. How would you describe yourself to the world?
A: I am unapologetically me.
Sr A John Graczyk is currently stationed in Dover, DE. He is on mandatory quarantine and was nice enough to come out of his room in order for this interview to take place. We thank him and the service he has provided while being in the United States Air Force.