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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Senior Airman Scott Munro, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant, takes the oath of enlistment to become an active duty Airman, at the 911th Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, June 26, 2015. Munro’s U.S. military journey began at this Air Reserve station. (Courtesy Photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Senior Airman Scott Munro, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant, takes the oath of enlistment to become an active duty Airman, at the 911th Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, June 26, 2015. Munro’s U.S. military journey began at this Air Reserve station. (Courtesy Photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Scott Munro, now a senior airman 50th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant, works with children during a mission trip, Ingwavuma, South Africa, 2008. This mission trip occurred during his year of internship at his church prior to embarking upon an Air Force career.  (Courtesy Photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Scott Munro, now a senior airman 50th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant, works with children during a mission trip, Ingwavuma, South Africa, 2008. This mission trip occurred during his year of internship at his church prior to embarking upon an Air Force career. (Courtesy Photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Senior Airman Scott Munro, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant, explores Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Sonia, April 2017. This was one of their first experiences exploring the state of Colorado after a journey that began in South Africa. (Courtesy Photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Senior Airman Scott Munro, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant, explores Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Sonia, April 2017. This was one of their first experiences exploring the state of Colorado after a journey that began in South Africa. (Courtesy Photo)

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 Senior Airman Scott Munro, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistant, grew up in a quiet residential town about 45 minutes outside of Durban, on South Africa’s East Coast,

“It was a fun childhood. We were always outside running around in the bush pretending we were soldiers having epic battles. Little did I know, I would one day join the military,” Munro said.

Graduating high school in 2000, and obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting in 2004, Munro went on to work as a financial manager for a construction company for three years.

While he appreciated the experience, Munro felt there was more to life than sitting behind a desk working numbers. Involved in his local church community’s music program, he decided to resign from his job and commit to serving as an intern at his church.

“I developed a late sense of adventure in life and wanted to do more than just work in an office,” Munro said.

This sense of adventure led him on multiple mission trips in the local area and across the continent; traveling to Botswana, Zimbabwe and India. Through those journeys, Munro discovered a great desire to help others, leading him to leave everything and everyone he had behind at the age of 26 and move to the U.S. on a Religious Worker's Visa. He then pursued a five month ministry school, thinking he would return to his country after school.

“I loved South Africa and never planned to leave the country,” Munro said. “I always thought I would live there my whole life.”

Upon completion of school, he accepted a one year position with the organization as a staff member helping others with their finances and facilities maintenance. This opportunity fed into another, and a year later he took on a pastoral assistant position with a local Pittsburgh church. During this time, he continued assisting with maintaining facilities and assisting the worship pastor with the music ministry, another one of his passions.

Munro slowly came to realize the United States was becoming his new home.

“It didn’t take long living in the United States for me to develop a huge respect and honor for those who have served this great nation, and I wanted to be a part of that,” Munro said. 

He wished to serve his new-found home through the Armed Forces, but was unable to due to his Visa.

 While he initiated the application process for permanent residency through his church, the stars  aligned for him to meet his future wife.   In October 2014, he married and soon after received his permanent residency. Due to financial constraints, he reluctantly resigned his position at the church and started his own painting company.

At this point, he put the thought of joining the military aside and focused on his new family and business.  Until one day a friend spoke to him about joining the Air Force Reserves, reigniting his desire to serve.

 Munro researched commission sources but was not eligible due to since he was not a U.S. Citizen.  Refusing to let that stop him, he enlisted in the Reserves.

By September 2015, he attended basic military training, where at his graduation he had the honor and privilege of marching out into the middle of the parade ground in front of family, friends and fellow Airmen swearing in as a U.S. citizen.

“This was one of the greatest experiences of my life and getting to salute the flag during graduation as a U.S. citizen was truly an amazing experience,” Munro said.

After civil engineer technical training the 911th Reserve Wing, Munro’s Reserve unit, offered him a four month temporary duty to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to complete his core tasks and hands-on training.

 “Senior Airman Munro has been setting a high bar, right from the start. At BMT, he was the flight dorm chief and received the Honor Graduate award. At technical training he was the squadron red rope and received the Distinguished Graduate Award. This pattern has followed him throughout every step of his Air Force journey. The latest being the third quarter quarterly award winner for the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron,” said Senior Master Sgt. Malcom Summers, 50th CES superintendent. 

“When I arrived at Dover AFB, I was just a Reservist there for training. By the time I left four months later, I had the heart of an active-duty member and knew I had to pursue active duty,” Munro said

Upon returning from Dover AFB in September 2016, he started the process of going Active Duty. He swore in as an active duty Airman March 2, 2017 and received his first assignment to Schriever Air Force Base.

Though he has only been at Schriever for a short time, Munro has enjoyed every day and looks forward to the future.

“Senior Airman Munro is a great asset to the unit. He comes to work every day with a great attitude and an even better work ethic. We are proud to have him in our unit. He is a difference maker,” Summers said. 

Constant sources of support and encouragement from leadership and family have motivated him to pursue a commission and is currently submitting a package to Officer Training School.

“You are never too old to pursue something new,” Munro said. “Your future is in your own hands.”

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