Airman Spotlight: Senior Airman Phillip Steen

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Name: Senior Airman Phillip Steen

Unit: 51st Dental Squadron

Job title: Dental Technician

Job description and its impact on the overall mission:
I am a proud dental assistant who delivers quality care to all members to Osan Air Base. Our mission is to maintain our active duty dental readiness and to ensure everyone is ready to fight and win tonight.

Time in the military: 5 years

Time at Osan: 4 months

DEROS: March 2013

Family: Wife - Senior Airman Megan Steen

Hometown: Scottsville, Ky.

Hobbies: Sports, hunting, fishing, gaming, skating, and music

Why did you join the military?
My grandparents served in the U.S. Army, and I had an uncle who died while serving in World War II. I am a proud patriot. I was always fascinated with the history of war back when Rome was a powerhouse. I enjoy the opportunities the military has given me and I know the military will provide me with a strong future.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years?
I would like to cross train into Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion instructor and continue to serve in the military, leading and mentoring Airman in the right direction.

What do you do for fun here?
I play every intramural sport I can. I love the competition. Right now, I'm the assistant coach for the 51st Medical Group softball team, I bowl on the Tuesday night league and I like to play some pickup basketball from time to time. Any free time that I have, I like skating and singing karaoke, and giving beat downs on Call Of Duty. I also like to spend my time recording and engineering covers of my favorite metal bands.

What's your favorite Air Force memory or story?
It would have to be when I served on a humanitarian mission to Guyana in South America. We had served 575 patients in 10 days who do not have direct dental care. It made me appreciate the things I have in my life and valued the service I bring onto others.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Being selected and trained by the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team.

Who are your role models?
It would be my supervisor, Staff Sgt. William Lodge. He is always pushing me to better myself. He has definitely steered me in the right direction and put my career before his own. My other role model is my superintendent, Senior Master Sgt. LaRae Chapman. She is a great leader who I would like to emulate. Every morning, she walks around the clinic and asks everyone how they are doing and shows genuine care for our squadron. Sgt. Chapman is always looking out for everyone's best interests.