“Short term sacrifices equal long term gains”
Kyle Gott (Staff Sergeant USAF)
First I want to start off by saying if you want to keep up with me in real time, my wife and I have a vlogging channel where we post 3-5 times a week. Check out Gott Love on YouTube to see what we are up to!
I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High school in 2010, before attending Kirkwood Community College on and off for 2 years. During this time I was working full time in the food industry. In need of a change, I began to think about how affected I was at a young age by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. I was in 4th grade when the Twin Towers were hit. From that point on joining the military, regardless of what branch, was something I had always considered. I felt a sense of duty to my country that I only knew how to fulfill in one way. I first started talking to my recruiter in November of 2011. It took 2 months of contacting my recruiter, multiple times a week, until I was able to schedule an appointment.
I went to MEPS in Des Moines, Iowa to be cleared to join the Air Force. I had received an 82 on my ASVAB, but unfortunately I found out during the vision tests that I was partially color blind which eliminated nearly 80% of the jobs I had qualified for. I was offered a list of 26 jobs (none of which I was interested in). I still wanted to serve my country, so I filled out my top 7 picks of those 26 jobs.
I waited in DEP for six months, beginning in February of 2012, before finally receiving a contract for Aircraft Structural Maintenance. Once accepting my offer, I received my Air Force BMT ship date of January 7, 2013. I spent 5 more months in DEP while holding my contract to be an Aircraft Structural Maintainer. To occupy my time, I worked full-time as a manager at a pizza parlor and spent as much time with friends and family as possible.
My YouTube hobby started back in 2005, when I got my first tape-based camcorder. I made videos and continued to upgrade my cameras. I had developed several YouTube channels before landing on my current channel, "Kyle Gott" and “Gott Love”, in October of 2011. This channel has followed me from day one of my journey into the Air Force. At that time, I never imagined where I would be today. I'm grateful that I'm able to serve as a resource, through my videos, for those looking to join the Air Force. I look forward to continuing to share my journey and experiences with you all for many years to come.
I served my last day in the Air Force on October 19, 2018 but I continue to keep up information on YouTube and on this website to help the younger generation of military members.
Makenna Gott, Wife & Best Friend
Makenna grew up in southern Ohio. She graduated from Symmes Valley High school in 2012. She continued on to college at Marshall University for a semester, before transferring to Mountwest Community and Technical college to finish her prerequisites. What she most wanted was to branch out from small town life and experience more of the world.
Makenna and I started our journey together in June 2013. At the time she was living with her family, working at a coffee shop and considering joining the Air Force. She found my videos and sent me a Facebook message. After finding out that the two of us had so much in common, our friendship began to grow. So in case you didn't catch that, we actually met because of YouTube, crazy right?
We continued to talk nearly everyday. It was a little difficult with the time difference between the US and Japan, but we made it work. In December 2013 I had built up enough nerve to ask out a woman I have never met. At this point, I already knew I wanted her to be my wife. My family even had the opportunity to meet her before me! I flew to the States in May 2014 and met her for the first time, within nine days we got engaged and legally married. I came back again in November 2014 to have our wedding ceremony and then she moved to Okinawa with me in December 2014.