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Excellence in all we do: An Airman's Journey

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, spent 16 weeks transforming his body to compete in a classic physique bodybuilding competition. Dell dedicated himself to his workout and diet regimen while also striving to be the model Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, doublechecks his meal plan Aug. 14, 2017, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Dell woke up at 4 a.m. multiple times a week to prepare meals that fit his physique competition eating plan. Dell said preparing for a comptition requires complete dedication to a workout and meal regimen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, muscles through a bent-over row using a 150 lb. dumbbell, the highest weight available, July 27, 2017, at the fitness center on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Dell spent 16 weeks preparing to compete in the 2017 Med-City Muscle Classic as a classic physique competitor. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, pushes through his final rep on the leg press June 5, 2017, in Grand Forks, N.D. The dedication, passion and resiliency required to complete 16 weeks of rigorous training are skills Dell has developed during his time as an Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, spent 16 weeks transforming his body to compete in a classic physique bodybuilding competition. Dell dedicated himself to his workout and diet regimen while also striving to be the model Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, sacrificed time, energy and food choices to achieve a goal. After 16 weeks of hardwork and dedication, Dell was prepared to compete in the 2017 Med-City Muscle Classic. One year ago Dell weighed 280 lbs., but he weighed in at 209 lbs. the day of his competition, proving his sacrifices paid off.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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A volunteer applies body oil to Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, before the 2017 Med-City Musicle Classic Sept. 9, 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota. Dell competed in the classic physique division and intends on competing as a professional in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, stands at attention as the national anthem plays before a bodybuilding competition Sept. 9, 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota. While most competitors continued preparing for the competition, Dell, as the only military member, instinctually came to attention to honor the national anthem. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, left, poses amongst other competitors Sept. 9, 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota. Dell spent 16 weeks preparing to compete in the 2017 Med-City Muscle Classic as a classic physique competitor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, poses for the audience during the 2017 Med-City Muscle Classic Sept. 9, 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota. Dell riled up the crowd during his individual posing routine using his attitude and charisma to put on a show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

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Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, gorges on chinese food Sept. 9, 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota. Dell stuck to a strict meal plan for 16 weeks, while preparing for a classic physique bodybuilding competition and immediately rewarded himself with a large meal after the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Senior Airman Paul Dell, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator journeyman, spent 16 weeks transforming his body to compete in a classic physique bodybuilding competition. Dell dedicated himself to his workout and diet regimen while also striving to be the model Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)