Air Force Lt. Becomes YouTube Inspiration

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Air Force Lt. Rachel Sherburne is getting worldwide attention for a video she published on Youtube.

Watch Lt. Rachel Sherburne talk more about her experience, as seen on today's Newswatch program.

The video, which is not an official military production, tells the story of a different kind of warrior - one who serves. It was posted from the frontlines in Iraq.

"Servant leadership requires a vision written by God on our hearts," her video said. "A vision to see beyond ourselves and serve our fellow man."

Although she was raised as 'Air Force brat', it wasn't always her goal to join the military.

"I wanted to move to L.A. and become a model or actress," Rachel told Tidewater Woman magazine.

But things changed when, in high school, her father encouraged her to apply for an ROTC scholarship. While she disliked the idea of a rigorous program, she opted to give it her all and "be the best flight-mate I could."

Part of Rachel's responsibilities included formulating press releases and briefing her superiors on news from the home front. It was a job she took seriously.

"If I am going to tell a story, why not represent and tell the story of the best organization in the country?" Sherburne told Louisiana State University's Daily Reveille just before she was to deploy on a four-month tour in Iraq.

So far, thousands of people have watched her story - and some have been inspired.

"Before I was in the Air Force, my first concern was taking care of myself," Sherburne said. "Now, as an officer, it is taking care of and leading other people."

Sources: Tidewater Woman, The Daily Reveille

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