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F.E. Warren’s Armed Forces volleyball champ

The All-Air Force volleyball team competed in the Armed Forces Volleyball Championship May 18-20 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. With one loss and winning five straight matches, the Air Force won the gold medal. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

The All-Air Force volleyball team competed in the Armed Forces Volleyball Championship May 18-20 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. With one loss and winning five straight matches, the Air Force won the gold medal. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

1st Lt. Kendra Smith, 319th Missile Squadron deputy combat crew missile commander at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, jumps for a kill in the Armed Forces Volleyball Championship May 18-20 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. With one loss and winning five straight matches, the All-Air Force women’s volleyball team won the gold medal. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

1st Lt. Kendra Smith, 319th Missile Squadron deputy combat crew missile commander at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, jumps for a kill in the Armed Forces Volleyball Championship May 18-20 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. With one loss and winning five straight matches, the All-Air Force women’s volleyball team won the gold medal. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

First Lieutenant Kendra Smith, 319th Missile Squadron deputy combat crew missile commander from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, competed with the All-Air Force women’s volleyball team in the Armed Forces Championship May 18-20 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

With seven kills and one assist, Smith helped secure the gold medal for the Air Force team by winning five straight matches. Smith said she was excited to be a part of the first Air Force team to win this tournament since 2012.

“For her first year on the team, Kendra’s hard work and dedication tremendously contributed to our winning the championship,” said Nicki Holms, Air Force coach. “As a former missileer I understand the operations tempo, so thank you to her leadership for allowing her this opportunity. She did awesome and we hope to see her again next year.”

Besides taking home the gold, Smith’s favorite part of this experience was interacting with her teammates from different bases and career fields throughout the Air Force.

“Being on the team gave us the opportunity to get close and hear each other’s experiences in the Air Force, which is priceless,” Smith said. “You learn something new every day, and it drives home the fact that we are all a part of this long blue line.”

Smith hopes to share her experiences and volleyball skills with her F. E. Warren family by starting a base volleyball team.

For an in-depth look on how the Air Force women's volleyball team captured the Armed Forces championship read the full article here