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Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, has taken his civilian career to the next level by opening his own guiding service in the Adirondack Mountains, N.Y. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin German/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, has taken his civilian career to the next level by opening his own guiding service in the Adirondack Mountains, N.Y. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin German/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, has taken his civilian career to the next level by opening his own guiding service in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. (Courtesy photo/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, has taken his civilian career to the next level by opening his own guiding service in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. (Courtesy photo/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, has taken his civilian career to the next level by opening his own guiding service in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. (Courtesy Photo/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, has taken his civilian career to the next level by opening his own guiding service in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. (Courtesy Photo/Released)

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. --

For many people starting a small business is a daunting prospect. For Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, it’s following his passion.

 

Gadway, a quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Maintenance Group here, started his own wilderness guiding service in April 2017, combining his love of the outdoors from a young age with his military experience.

 

As a QA evaluator, Gadway works directly for the maintenance group command, serving as a primary technical adviser in the maintenance organization, assisting to identify, and resolve workmanship and compliance issues impacting the mission.

 

In contrast to his military career, as a guide in the east-central Adirondack Mountains, Gadway provides clients with wilderness adventures including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing and even whitewater rafting on the Indian and upper Hudson rivers.

This year Gadway began a different kind of “adventure” by starting his own wilderness guiding service.  He began by teaching various American Red Cross certification courses that helped him get the funds needed to grow the guiding and outdoor custom retail service side of his business.

Gadway said the leadership and management skills he learned at the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing motivated him in his business endeavor.

 

For years Gadway worked as a guide for a private agency, but after branching out on his own he decided to increase his business skills by attending the “Boots to Business” entrepreneurial education course here.

 

“(Boots to Business) gave me a new perspective … and several great ideas as well to help grow and expand the business" said Gadway.

 

Gadway grew up in the Indian Lake region of the Adirondack Mountains and as a young man also served as a volunteer firefighter and first responder, working on nearly a dozen search, rescue and wilderness first aid scenarios.

 

For him, it was a natural progression to want to share his love for the outdoors with others, it was for this reason he decided to become a New York State licensed guide.

 

“My passion is being outdoors,” he said.

 

He had this advice for fellow Airmen who aspire to accomplish personal goals: “If anybody has a desire or a goal that they want to do in life…  If you are passionate about it and love it, just do it!”