Sam Eckholm is a Public Affairs Officer at the United States Air Force.
He is also a popular YouTuber and has more than 140 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name, Sam Eckholm.
Samuel Eckholm was born in 1997 in Dallas, Texas, United States.
He grew up in Dallas.
His father worked as a pilot at the United States Air Force (USAF) for a decade and currently he works as a commercial pilot at American Airlines and flies Airbus aircrafts.
Sam has a younger brother, Luke Eckholm.
Love for Air Force-
Sam’s father was the biggest inspiration for him to join USAF.
His father studied from the Air Force Academy and later, joined the USAF and flew tankers.
Sam grew up listening to his father’s amazing experiences at both the Air Force Academy and USAF and thanks to this, he decided to grow up to become a pilot at USAF.
He was particularly impressed with father’s skydiving and survival training experiences.
In his childhood, Sam revered Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squadron of the United States Navy.
Deciding to join the Air Force Academy-
While in his freshman year of high school, Sam set himself a goal to join the Air Force Academy.
So, he started working hard in his high school and also started taking up leadership opportunities.
Sam knew that having good grades would help him to get an admission into the Air Force Academy.
He was keen to join the academy because he knew that he would have a guaranteed job by becoming an Air Force officer and his life would be set and also, he could choose flying or many other career fields apart from flying and travel the world.
Joining the Air Force Academy-
Sam interviewed with a congressman in Dallas and got nominated to go to the Academy.
It is required to receive a nomination from either a United States congressman, senator or Vice President to join the academy.
After a couple of weeks of graduating from high school, Sam joined United States Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs, Colorado in June 2014.
Here, he received the six-week long basic cadet training and he became a cadet.
Sam also spent some time at West Point in the Naval Academy.
Later, as a senior in the Air Force Academy, he had an opportunity to be a squadron commander and led his whole squadron of 130 cadets.
Sam graduated in May 2018 with a major in Legal Studies from the same squadron as his father.
After graduating, he came out as a second lieutenant officer.
Second lieutenant officer is the lowest rank in the Air Force.
Receiving Parachutist Badge-
Sam also did a parachute course in the academy.
As a part of the parachute course, he received 30 hours of ground training out at the academy airfield and he received training from the Wings of Blue team.
A couple of days later, Sam boarded a Twin Otter aircraft and after reaching 10,000 feet he jumped out of the plane and did four more jumps and received his Parachutist Badge.
Working for a congressman-
After his junior year, Sam did an internship for eight weeks in summer for a congressman in Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for his Cadet Summer Research Program.
This congressman previously helped him by nominating him to the Air Force Academy.
As a part of the internship, Sam gave tours to the constituents of the Capitol, worked on policy and attended different meetings.
Choosing public affairs over becoming a pilot-
Even though initially Sam wanted to become a pilot, in his junior year, he changed his decision as he didn’t want to get into a 12-year time commitment as he was unsure about working in the Air Force for 12 years.
Thanks to an Air Force program, he went to the Travis Air Force Base in California and here he came across the public affairs career field.
Here, Sam spent eight weeks in the public affairs shop learning everything about it.
He was impressed by airmen writing stories, editing videos and shooting photos and as he too loved all of these and social media, he decided to pursue public affairs.
So, Sam chose public affairs as the number one on his list and as he worked hard and secured good ranking in his class, he got public affairs.
Becoming a Public Affairs Officer-
After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in May 2018, Sam became a Public Affairs Officer at the United States Air Force.
He was stationed at the Langley Air Force Base.
Public Affairs involves social media (producing photos and videos), community relations (managing speaking engagements and doing air shows all around the world) and media (interviewing teams and storytelling).
Since a young age, Sam has been passionate about photography and videography and this is greatly helping him in his job.
Working for the F-22 Demonstration Team-
As Sam was impressed by the F-22 Demonstration Team, he applied to join the team.
And from January 2019 to January 2021, he worked as a Social Media Manager for the F-22 Demonstration Team.
Sam also worked as a photographer and videographer and was a second lieutenant here.
One of the roles of this job was to inspire people to join the Air Force either through social media or in-person.
Flying in many aircrafts-
Throughout his college and career, Sam flew in many aircrafts like Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, Boeing C-17 Globemaster, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender, Northrop T-38 Talon, North American T-6 Texan, gliders, etc.
His YouTube channel-
Even though Sam started his YouTube channel by the name, Sam Eckholm on 11 September 2012, he started working seriously on it only from July 2020.
As of June 2022, he has 149K subscribers on his YouTube channel and he has 55.6K followers on Instagram.
Sam also has a website.
Sam is in a relationship with Swayne Martin.
Swayne is a pilot and much like him, he too is a famous YouTuber.
While working for the F-22 Demonstration Team, Sam met Swayne at an air show hosting a social media panel and speaking and this started their relationship.
Sam lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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