Building strength, character

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom Staff Sgt. Christopher Wescott, a patrolman for the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, performs bicep curls at the Cannon Air Force Base fitness center. Wescott has been competing in bodybuilding since 2009.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Wescott represented Clovis in the 2011 Musclemania New Mexico State Championships in May in Albuqueque. He won first place spots in the junior heavyweight, junior overall and men’s open heavyweight categories.

A staff sergeant with the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, Wescott said he joined the Air Force because he wanted a career instead of living paycheck to paycheck in his aunt’s basement.

A native of Philadelphia, Wescott got into bodybuilding when he was 16 years old under the tutelage of his barber. Since 2009, he has competed in several bodybuilding competition winning various awards.