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  • Hearts Apart

    I knew my short tour in Korea would be difficult for my one-year-old but would be especially tough for my five-year-old son. Months before I left for Kunsan, I started thinking about how I would tell him I was leaving for Korea, how long I was going to be gone for and why I was leaving in the first place. All the while, I was still having a
  • Why Earth Day, Kunsan environmental programs are more relevant than ever

    A few years ago, I took a trip to Maine and camped at Acadia National and Baxter State Parks with my wife. From the tops of Cadillac and Katahdin I recall being exhausted, but also overcome by the vast and rugged beauty of Maine’s coast and deep interior forestlands. As an American I am proud that we have chosen to set aside and maintain tracts of land to enjoy based on their existence value, even if other uses would be more lucrative. This is an important concept that recognizes the fact that development objectives are often in conflict with environmental goals. In other words, a forest pays landowners less than a coffee shop or a steel mill, and without protection, the forest often loses in a free market.
  • A different kind of duty reinforced my faith in the AF system

    In my relatively short time as a voting, active U.S. citizen above the age of 18, I’ve been called for jury selection in my home district once -- but spent the majority of my mandatory days off waiting in a small room with other prospective jurors glancing at the clock, waiting to be told “yes, you’ve been selected” or “no, better luck in ten years.”
  • Happy New Year Wolf Pack: 2019 will be an amazing year!

    2018 was without a doubt an exciting time to be a member of our Air Force’s most mission-focused and combat ready Fighter Wing. The 8th Fighter Wing was instrumental in the maximum pressure campaign that enabled the ongoing diplomatic efforts toward stability on the Korean Peninsula. To be clear, our “Fight Tonight” posture – an imposing mix of our installation’s resilience, our F-16s and weapons systems, and most importantly the readiness of every Airman, Soldier, and civilian – directly affected the strategic environment. It would be perilous, however, to celebrate our success and succumb to complacency. Instead, together we must ride the waves of readiness into the New Year and meet the uncertainties of the strategic environment head-on.
  • Bringing us back: the Chaplain Corps' critical role in AF resiliency

    It was sunny, 75 degrees, and breezy outside in the San Diego spring. Tourists strolled the marina and lazed on the pier while sailboats careened through the bay, their wakes trailing brightly in the lapping waves. The scene was whimsical, carefree – the image of leisure. I, however, was inside the conference room of the Sheraton San Diego along with 150 other women listening to a lecture. The air conditioning had made the room unbearably cold, and I sipped on a styrofoam cup of coffee, leaning in to hear the speaker better
  • Letter to the Pack: Holiday Message

    Wolf Pack, As the calendar year comes to a close, I want to wish you happy holidays and thank you for what you do every day.Your work here on the frontier of freedom is securing peace not only for the Korean Peninsula, but for the world. All of you left family and friends to come to Korea for a year in service to your country. While the holidays
  • Voices of the Pack: A1C Bushman

    There’s often a common misconception that the communications squadron is full of “nerds” who are the gurus of fixing the network or maintaining information technology systems. But, there’s a shop within the CS community, specifically at the Wolf Pack, affectionately known as “Cable Dogs” who prove the CS carry their own weight and get down and dirty. One “Cable Dog” near and dear to us is Airman First Class Chase Bushman who is cable and antenna technician with the Wolf Pack.
  • Voices of the Pack: Staff Sgt. Whitney Montoya

    Jumping hurdles, running races and crossing finish lines aren’t actions just reserved for the track. For some, it is a metaphor for life. For SSgt Whitney Montoya, her life race is what drives her forward. Whitney, currently a paralegal with the Wolf Pack’s Area Defense Counsel, didn’t always live the life of a military justice advisor. When she first entered into the U.S. Air Force in 2008, she was a small-town girl with a Security Forces contract and classmates who thought she was crazy for choosing the military over college. But that didn’t stop her.
  • Voices of the Pack: A1C Tyler Keiser

    Airman 1st Class Tyler Keiser is a Tactical Aircraft Maintainer with the Wolf Pack and like many Airmen, he has a strong family tie with the military. Tyler is the son of a combat medic and it was this strong tie to service, to his family and country which prompted him to follow in their footsteps and join the Air Force. Before the military, his life consisted of working odd jobs like lumberjack, trail worker and building houses. But, Tyler, the fourth consecutive person in his family to join the military, felt destined to do something greater. Tyler's great-grandfather served with the Union Army as an infantryman and his grandfather went on to serve with the famous Big Red One. If you're keeping track, he's had family in every war dating back to the Civil War and on top of that he also has relatives in every branch of the military. Values like duty, honor and service were something Tyler was raised on and holds dear. Tyler's calling was clear-uphold his family's proud heritage and join another family with the military. Tyler's only question was, which branch best fit. After exploring his options, he felt the Air Force to be the most selective, with the highest standards for its military members. It was the respect, dedication and commitment he saw that strongly appealed to Tyler. The diverse community of the military only gets smaller and more close-knit when broken into each career field. It becomes something that most call family. Getting a sense of who your fellow Airmen are in your field is an important part of Tyler's time in the Air Force. Now, as a fourth-generation service member, his "family" has extended beyond blood. These men and women aren't just Tyler's coworkers. They are connected. They are his friends. They are his family.
  • Voices of the Pack: Staff Sgt. Kara Tierney

    Staff Sgt. Kara Tierney voice is one that shows how being embarrassed to work in retail and have so much education and nothing to show for it. Coming from a deep rooted family in the military, Kara joined to excel and one day join the ranks of officers to lead, listen and be an ear to those who feel they don’t get their voices heard. Being at Kunsan as a personnellist is a challenging task just as any job in the Air Force is. Most families may not understand what we go through here and being away from her son and family is tough and we all know and feel the burden of being alone, but the motivation to keep the mission going with the support of her friends and coworkers are what keeps Kara ready. Getting a chance to meet Airmen around Kunsan is one of the benefits of being in public affairs since we always share what’s going on. Focusing on the Airmen and their voice is how we learn, grow and recognize Airmen.