Beyond the Uniform: 1st Lt. Seniuk

The 115th Fighter Wing has enabled me to achieve my dreams of serving this country and becoming an Architect. Being the youngest of three children, the Wisconsin Air National Guard provided me the tools and experience to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies from UW-Milwaukee.

When I entered the workforce, during the height of the recession there were limited employment opportunities. The 115th Fighter Wing offered me a full time Active Guard Reserve position. During this time, I was able to learn valuable professional skills that have helped me excel in my current civilian career. I became a commissioned officer, teaching me leadership and management skills most peers my age do not learn until much later in life.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Wisconsin GI Bill provided me the financial ability to match my drive to earn a joint master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from UW-Milwaukee. As a full time, maximum credit student I was able to afford school and focus on my studies, instead of worrying how I would pay rent or eat.

Currently I work for an Architecture firm in Milwaukee, helping to shape communities throughout Wisconsin. I also serve as a traditional officer, supporting the F-16 mission and leading the next generation of airmen.

This unit has taught me life and jobs skills at a very young age, allowing me to challenge myself, to career progress, and to pursue a professional career.

I would not be where I am today or have the capabilities I do now if it weren’t for being a part of the 115th Fighter Wing.