He's got game
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE – As far back as preschool, Staff Sgt. Ollie Bradley, 36th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, had a passion for basketball. For many years, he honed and perfected his skills, earning him a spot on the All Air Force team for the fifth time in his military career.
“I started playing the game of basketball at the age of five,” Sergeant Bradley said. “All of my family members played, so it came natural to me.”
While in high school, his hard work paid off earning him first team all-conference and a spot on a junior college team.
Even though he participated in the All Air Force tournament numerous times, he still enjoys the experiences.
“Playing for the All Air Force team is a great feeling,” Bradley said. “We have a number of career fields and ranks coming together during training camp trying create cohesion and lasting bonds.”
Bradley and his teammates hard work paid off in 2006 when they won gold.
“Getting my first gold medal was exciting,” Sergeant Bradley said. “We had to grind as a team, we weren’t as talented as the other branches, but we brought the work ethic needed to win games. After it’s all over, it’s just a relief knowing all your hard work paid off.”
Bradley also had the opportunity to represent the USA in the Armed Forces basketball game, which is a tournament where countries come together and compete.
“Playing for the Armed Forces team and representing the USA makes the feeling so much better,” Sergeant Bradley said. “Showing up with that jersey on, knowing everybody wants to beat you because you’re from the States, makes us pull together and work harder for the wins.”
After winning another gold medal this year on the All Air Force team, Bradley passed on the opportunity to play in his fourth Armed Forces tournament to spend the holidays with his family and friends.
“I would like to thank my squadron, base, family and God for being my support system,” Sergeant Bradley said. “If I didn’t have them, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.”