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Savanna Forbush says military great career-starter

Lake City High School senior Savanna Forbush plans to go into the Air Force and work in the field of missiles and space. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Lake City High School senior Savanna Forbush plans to go into the Air Force and work in the field of missiles and space. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Robin Heflin Correspondent

What stands out in teacher Rozanne Evans’ mind about Lake City High School graduating senior Savanna Forbush is the way she analyzes things.

“She doesn’t do things without thinking. She would never do anything without analyzing it,” said Evans who has Forbush in her Spanish 3 class. “As in Spanish, she sits there and absorbs everything.”

You can tell from listening to Forbush as she talks about her decision to join the Air Force that she carefully analyzed that.

“It pays for all your college. That’s what I wanted – something that would pay for my college and give me a good career,” Forbush said.

Forbush will be studying “space and missiles,” going for a master’s degree, and perhaps, ultimately a doctorate. Her favorite subjects at Lake City are math, anatomy, physiology and foreign language. She moved to Coeur d’Alene three years ago from Arizona, where she grew up hearing Spanish spoken. “It’s really easy for me,” she said.

“I think she’s an outstanding student who doesn’t get a lot of recognition,” Evans said. “I think she’ll be really good in the military.”

Forbush scored high on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test and was able to pick her choice of careers. She considered becoming a physician, but the recruiter told her he didn’t know when physician positions would be available and as a doctor she could be sent to Iraq.

“With missiles, most likely I’ll be stationed in Colorado,” says Forbush. She envisions her career as designing missiles and working on the ones that aren’t working.

“It’s awesome,” she said. As a child she watched the “doctor shows and NASA shows. The outer world interested me.”

Forbush’s entry into the military will occur faster than a speeding ICBM. She graduates on June 11, turns 18 on June 18 and on June 21 reports for basic training. She enlisted in March after thinking about it for a couple of months after recruiters spoke at Lake City High School.

After six weeks of basic training, she’ll have two months of technical training and four months later will start her education at a college near wherever she’s stationed.

“I’ll be set before other people are starting college. I should be done (with military training) and have a career by September,” she said.

Neither of her parents, Billie and Delphus Forbush, served in the military and Forbush admits her enlistment was a concern for them.

“They were a bit worried at first because of the whole Iraq thing. I kind of convinced them I wouldn’t be going over there. But they like the career thing. They wanted me to do something with my life.”

She chose the Air Force over other military branches because “they don’t give bonuses. It’s for people who want to be there,” she said, adding that basic training is only six weeks and that the Air Force pays more than the other services.

Forbush recommends the military to graduating seniors. “I think it’s a great way for high school students to get their life in shape. It brings out character, teaches you discipline. It’s a great way to get a career started.”

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