Airman enjoys laid-back feel of Portales

Editor’s note: This is the thirdmonthly series of profiles Portales transplants.

By Eric Norwood Jr.

PNT staff writer

enorwood@pntonline.com

Senior Airman Nate Lunders chose Portales over Clovis when he was first stationed at Cannon Air Force Base.

“I like the mentality here. It’s a little more relaxed than Clovis. It’s real laid back,” said Lunders, who works for security forces on base. The 25-year old East Liverpool, Ohio, native has been a member of the U.S. Air Force for six years. Lunders made the decision at age 19, after working as a nurse’s assistant.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune Senior Airman Nate Lunders has been in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He’s a native of Liverpool, Ohio.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Senior Airman Nate Lunders has been in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He’s a native of Liverpool, Ohio.

“Of course I joined because I want to serve my country, but I also wanted to travel, and see something different. And also to pay for school,” added Lunders.

Lunders has gotten the opportunity to travel all the world while serving his country.

“I’ve spent a lot of time overseas. Pretty much all of it was overseas before I came to Portales,” said Lunders. “I loved Rome. All of Italy actually was really cool. France not so much,” Lunders said with a chuckle.

“You know how they say Parisians really don’t like Americans? It is true. Every person I talked to over there was very rude and condescending,” Lunders said.

Rude Europeans aside, Lunders said he enjoyed living in England. He said the culture there isn’t much different from America.

“England was nice, I lived there for two years. There weren’t too many cultural differences, which is actually why I like traveling, to see how different these places are from America,” said Lunders.

Lunders was also stationed in Korea for two years.

“It was really fun over there in Korea. There is a big party culture over there. They like to have fun. I’ve come out of clubs at six a.m., wondering where my night went,” Lunders said with a laugh.

“The best part about Korea was the public transit. For the American equivalent of five dollars, you can take a bus to the state capital, which is three hours away. And even though it is in Korean, it’s easy to understand,” said Lunders.

Having grown up in the Midwest, and explored the globe, Lunders seems to have found a comfortable spot in Portales.

“The people here are really nice. You don’t see that too much anymore, especially around military towns. In a lot of towns near military bases, the people resent soldiers for whatever reason. All the people here are pretty friendly,” said Lunders.

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