Air Force combat veteran is now a professional fitness model

A former Air Force mechanic Hope Howard who was once deployed to Afghanistan is now professional model, personal trainer, and a member of the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB).

Right after graduating high school Hope joined the Air Force to become a Fighter Jet Mechanic and was deployed to Afghanistan at the age of 19. On her website, she, 26, calls her deployment both the worst and best experience of my life:

“I was deployed to Afghanistan where I had an M-16 machine gun strapped to me pretty much 24/7. This was both the worst and best experience of my life because I did an immense amount of growing and began to see the world differently.”

Today, she has built an incredible online following, with more than half a million followers on Instagram alone. Hope also competes as a bodybuilder and offers online services to people trying to get fit. But at this moment she is preparing to become a mother.