Serving in the Air Force has allowed Major Kirby Bowling to pass on the example of his father and grandfather to his children, Rachel and Luke. Beyond portraying an ideal of service to his children, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces has influenced Kirby to further define his focus in life as that of serving his fellow servicemembers.
Helping other veterans is something Kirby just does. Whether as president of the on campus student veterans organization, as a part-time staffer at the veterans program office or as a part of his dissertation research concerning the acclimation of veteran students into the college setting, he has dedicated his life to his peers.
Upon the completion of his degree, Kirby will use his first-hand experience as an airman paired with his academic and extracurricular focus to pursue a career of continued support for other veterans by creating a research center devoted to the study of veterans.