NEWS | Nov. 19, 2020

Mom, daughter reunite at mom's BMT graduation

By Annette Crawford 37th Training Wing Public Affairs

A mother and her daughter had an unconventional reunion at a Basic Military Training graduation ceremony here Nov. 12, 2020.

Airman Basic Kimberly Moore graduated while her daughter, Trainee Autumn Bonner, watched from the stands. The mother and daughter are from Elgin, Oklahoma.

Moore, who is in the Air Force Reserve, graduated with the 326th Training Squadron and will now attend technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, to be an aerospace ground equipment technician.

“My decision to join came long before hers,” said Moore, 38. “I wanted to seek opportunities and do something different. I learned a lot about myself."

Bonner, 18, received special permission to attend the ceremony. She said it was an emotional day and she was very proud of her mother. Bonner is a member of the 321st Training Squadron; she will begin security forces training after she graduates BMT in December.