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JBSA-Randolph Airman uses boxing to face life, career head on

| Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs | Jan. 6, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Determination is a valuable quality for any Air Force security forces member and for Senior Airman Dustin Southichack, 902nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, boxing only reinforces that characteristic in his military and civilian pursuits.

Southichack said he fell in love with boxing shortly after joining the Air Force Reserves 6 years ago, and plans to pursue both as lifelong careers. Southichack has competed on the Air Force Boxing Team since 2012, and his goals include retiring from the Air Force Reserves and becoming a boxing world champion.

“I’ve experienced a lot of support from my unit and the other members of the Air Force Boxing Team,” Southichack said. “I work hard on my Air Force and boxing careers and my fellow defenders are often the ones to cheer me on.”

Though boxing and Air Force training remain separate most months of the year, Southichack said boxing lends itself to performing his security forces duties.

“Boxing gives me a stronger mindset,” he said. “If I’m given a task, what I've learned in boxing contributes to my level of determination to successfully accomplish that task. It also helps me with one on one communication with those coming through the gates.”

After training Southichack for the past five years, Steven Franco, his Air Force Boxing Team and off-season coach, said his work ethic has remained constantly driven.

“I’ve taught him to give his all during every training session and to try to make each day a good day,” Franco said. “He’s one of those people who tries to better themselves in everything he does and gives 100 percent to any task.”

Southichack had both military and martial arts influences while growing up in the San Antonio area. His mother was in the Army until her medical discharge due to an injury. Later on, his older brother joined the Air Force, and a year later Southichack followed suit. Southichack and his brother also shared Tai Kwon Do practice as children, which he said has helped him excel in boxing.

“I wanted to join the military for the structure and reliability of the career, especially after seeing it work for my mother and brother,” he said. “I have friends on the civilian and Air Force side that also box and inspire me to push myself to train.”

Southichack’s training schedule includes boxing in the morning and 3.5-mile runs at night at least six days a week. He said he plans to use that training in future Air Force Boxing Team matches and during his upcoming pro debut Jan. 12.

“Even though this fight is on my own time, I’ll be representing the Air Force Boxing Team and utilizing all the training I’ve received from them over the years,” he said.