LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL --- When California native Alexandria Sawin graduated from high school in 2009, her family was in economic turmoil. Her dad, a construction worker, and her mom, a real estate agent, lost their jobs in the Great Recession. "I didn't want to have them support me," she said. "My sister was in the Air Force, and she convinced me it was the way to go." Sawin served in the Air Force until 2016, then joined the Air Force Reserve at Nellis Air Force Base. Both of Sawin's sisters are in the Air Force, and her father served in the Marines during the Vietnam War.