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Fairchild Airmen speak at Faces of Voters event

Airman Min Park, 92nd Comptroller Squadron financial services technician, speaks at the 2016 Washington State Elections Conference during its ‘Faces of Voters’ event section in downtown Spokane, Washington, June 17, 2016. The conference covered numerous voting topics, such as voting polls, voting rights, voter booth accessibility and the faces of voters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick J. Daniello)

Airman Min Park, 92nd Comptroller Squadron financial services technician, speaks at the 2016 Washington State Elections Conference during its ‘Faces of Voters’ event section in downtown Spokane, Washington, June 17, 2016. The conference covered numerous voting topics, such as voting polls, voting rights, voter booth accessibility and the faces of voters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick J. Daniello)

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base spoke at the 2016 Washington State Elections Conference during its “Faces of Voters” event in downtown Spokane, Washington, June 17, 2016.

Airman Min Park, 92nd Comptroller Squadron financial services technician, and Chief Master Sgt. David Bishop, 141st Air Refueling Wing command chief, spoke at the event asking individuals to take the time to vote in elections.

“When I first moved to the United States, it was really difficult for me; I couldn’t speak a word of English and I was just thrown into a whole new environment,” said Park. “I’ve always wanted to serve in the military and I’m proud to be able to serve in the greatest Air Force in the world. I’m also proud to be a citizen of the United States of America.”

He concluded his speech by coming full circle, and talked about how even the most basic of freedoms, such as the right to vote, can be taken for granted.

“The whole point of my story is a lot of us overlook many of our privileges and rights that other people in different countries may never have in their whole life,” said Park. “One of those rights is our right as citizens to vote.”

Bishop concluded the event by encouraging Airmen to express their right to vote.

“It’s very important that, as a leader, I stress to Airmen to get out and vote,” said Bishop. “We want to encourage all of our Airmen to do the same.”

For more information on military member voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at https://www.fvap.gov/, with the motto, “Voting assistance for service members, their families and overseas citizens.”