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Journeys Military Section C 2013 Progress edition Along everyone's path, there is a story to tell. Photo submitted Then-President George H.W. Bush sauces his barbecue with some help from former Military Affairs Committee Chairman Troy Pate Jr. Bush came to Goldsboro in 1991 to thank the family members of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel who were deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Below: Bush interacts with, and speaks to, the crowd. BBQ with Bush When President George H.W. Bush came to Wayne County back in 1991, it was a whirlwind for those who came into contact with him that day on SJAFB. T hey only had 48 hours. Forty-eight hours to organize the picnic of their lives — to prepare barbecue and Southern side dishes for several thousand people. They only had two days. Story by Two days to prepare an Air Force Kenneth base — and the Fine city it belongs to — Photos for the most prominent visitor either submitted had ever hosted. But Troy Pate Jr. didn't back down when Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials asked him if the local Military Affairs Committee could meet the challenge. A barbecue with the leader of the Free World is a rarity. So moments after he agreed, on behalf of the MAC, to host then-President George H.W. Bush, Pate called the one person he believed could See VISIT, Page 2C Tales from their road: Aubrey White, AF photographer She never intended on becoming a photojournalist. She wanted to pursue a career in biology — to align her future job with her passion for science. But when the expenses associated with a higher education began to take their toll on Aubrey White, she followed her parents' advice. "They had always said the Air Force was a good option," Aubrey said. So she called a recruiter and learned that volunteering to wear her nation's uniform would come with financial support should she decide to continue her quest for a college degree. She had no idea that raising her right hand would bring a new passion to the surface — that when officials placed her in a public affairs course, she would fall for taking photos. "I didn't want to do it, because it was the job description of a journalist," the 21-year-old said. "It just didn't seem like something I would be very good at." It started with a "crash course" — learning, over just a few weeks, how to document Air Force history. But Aubrey was determined to be "good at whatever I do." And that attitude has paid off. The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman first class recently won first place in Air Combat Command's annual Media Contest for a photograph she took the day a group of her comrades returned from Afghanistan. And countless other photos she has taken since she arrived in Goldsboro have been characterized as "iconic" by many of those who have seen them. It was, in many ways, a career that found her — one she doesn't plan on giving up. "I love the job," Aubrey said. "I plan to stay in and hope to have a very successful career." The Goldsboro News-Argus • PROGRESS 2013 • Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

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