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EU Alumni Perspective: Michael Bremer

 

Name: Michael Bremer

Graduation Year: 2013

Major: Music – Recording Technology

Current Position: Officer, United States Air Force

City and State: Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico

 

Tell us about your career and what you do now.

I am a Captain in the U.S. Air Force currently stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico where I support the Air Commandos of the 27th Special Operations Wing. Prior to New Mexico, I spent four years stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. While in Alaska, I helped develop training scenarios for RED FLAG – Alaska, the Pacific Air Forces’ premiere training exercise, and was also afforded the opportunity to help activate the first F-35 squadron in the Pacific Air Forces, the 356th Fighter Squadron. Before I joined the Air Force, I was on staff at Evangel in the IT department.

 

What is your favorite memory from Evangel?

The relationships I built at Evangel have been the most enduring relationships in my life. Countless moments with friends and professors, classes, and performances come to mind. Anytime I’m near any of my old Evangel friends, I go out of my way to spend time with them.

 

How did Evangel help you identify/develop your calling?

What I studied at Evangel and where I ended up in life don’t exactly match up when taken at face value. Some of the most influential classes I took were not for my major, but Gen-Eds and classes for my Biblical Studies minor. Evangel didn’t so much help me identify my calling as it gave me a framework and a lens with which to understand what a calling is. When I felt the call to join the Air Force, I understood enough about God’s sovereignty to know that, in time, he would make sense of the things that didn’t make sense to me.

 

How did your experience at Evangel prepare you for life after graduation?

Evangel provided me with tools to navigate an ambiguous and challenging world. It also afforded me relationships with mentors and friends that supported me to hold or change course when my own toolkit fell short.

 

What advice would you give a current student preparing for the workforce?

Gods plan for you probably doesn’t look exactly the way you think. Don’t discount opportunities simply because they don’t look like what you thought or want them to look like. When opportunity comes knocking, follow it until a door closes. If a door doesn’t close, it may be your calling. God doesn’t do things by accident. It’s also much more exciting when things don’t go according to our short-sighted plans.

 

What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates from Evangel?

I would look for a candidate who is humble, eager to learn, and ready to work hard. Attitude with a little bit of talent will take you a lot further than talent alone ever could, and youre probably not as smart as you think you are.