HRD Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Benjamin Glixman

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  • By Kendahl Johnson
  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Editor's Note: This spotlight is part of the base's Holocaust Remembrance Day efforts.

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of one Hill employee, those of the Jewish faith can congregate at the Base Chapel on the first Sunday of every month for an hour of worship.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Glixman, a personnelist with the Military Personnel Flight’s Force Management Section, works to ensure members of the Jewish faith at Hill are able to have the same opportunities as those of other religions.

“I am happy I’m able to celebrate my faith without hindrance,” Glixman said. “I bring uplifting religious articles such as articles or books and other religious ritual items such as a prayer shawl and pray together with anyone who shows up,” Glixman said.

Glixman joined Team Hill in 2020 as a military member with the Coast Guard.  He said it was interesting seeing everything the Air Force way and has enjoyed the transition to a new military branch. He said the military has a lot to offer, including opportunities to really impact people’s lives.

“I’ve really enjoyed being able to help people and have enjoyed making a real difference to military personnel on base,” he said. “I truly appreciate the diversity of the military and wish I’d have joined the Air Force first.”

April means a lot to Glixman, as it’s the month chosen for Holocaust Remembrance Day. He speaks solemnly of grandparents that he never got to meet and other relatives who died in cattle cars on their way to concentration camps.

“The Holocaust has a special meaning to me as I have family members I was not able to meet because they were exterminated by German Nazis,” he said. “I appreciate that it is talked about on base to bring awareness to the true horrors and atrocities that took place. We can learn from the past so it doesn’t get repeated. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’”

When Glixman isn’t at work or leading prayer at the chapel, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, ages 2 to 11.  He said although it doesn’t leave much time for other hobbies, he does enjoy hiking on occasion.