Sergeant- U.S. Air force
- NAME: Nidal Y. Allis
RANK: SSgt (E-5)
SERVICE: Air Force
I joined the U.S. Air Force April 12, 1995, and will continue to proudly
serve for many more years to come. I sought the opportunity to better myself
through the gain of knowledge and discipline to make me more effective in my
endeavors. More importantly, in response to growing up being treated
differently by others because I was an Arab-American, I wanted to
demonstrate my love for this country. My pride and patriotism for this
country is profound.
My parents, who were both born and raised in Palestine, raised me to love
this country equivalently to Palestine. Till this day, every time I hear the
National Anthem chills run up and down my body. It is important to me to
give something back to this country. It is unfortunate that such a small
percentage of bad Arabs in this world could give such a bad name to all
Arabs. I hope to show that the good Arabs strongly outweigh the bad. This is
my way of contributing to America and proving what a true Arab-American will
do for his country. Everyday I put on my uniform I wear it with pride. I
wear my uniform because I am a proud representative of the United States Air
Force. I wear my uniform because I am honored for being given the great
opportunity of serving my country.
My career began on April 12, 1995 in San Antonio, Texas for Basic Training.
From there I went to Biloxi, Mississippi for technical training. My first
duty station was at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. I was in Hawaii for 5 years and 10
months. During my time in Hawaii I completed my bachelor's degree in
Management Information Systems (MIS). I supervised and trained new troops in
the Network Control Center. I worked with a variety of computer systems and
In August of 2000, I was sent to Incirlik, Turkey for a 3 month TDY for
'Operation Northern Watch'. In July of 2001 my career in Hawaii ended when I
was transferred to DC, where I am currently working in the Pentagon. Since
my arrival at the Pentagon, I have completed Airmen Leadership School where
I graduated with Distinguished Graduate Honors. I also completed my second
degree with the Community College of the Air Force; an associates for
Communications, Computer Information Systems.
I was a 10-minute drive away from the Pentagon when the plane hit on 9/11.
My heart was just as hurt from this tragedy as every other American. My pain
not only came from the tragedy itself, but also from the attacks that
innocent Arab-Americans suffered as a result of this horrific event. Both my
parents were in Palestine visiting on that day. While their locations and
lives were in danger from the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts, both were more
concerned with my well being; neither knowing of my whereabouts that day. At
the same time I was concerned with their lives and their safety. We all
suffered tremendously that day.
Since 9/11, my patriotism and pride for this country has only grown. I look
forward to my continued contributions to America as an Arab-American. It is
with great pride that I live in America. I, as an Arab-American, demonstrate
to all, the good will of a fellow American.
SSgt Nidal Y. Allis 5/4/02