Airman Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Nickolas Kennedy

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Unit: 51st Maintenance Operations Squadron

Job title: Aircraft Maintenance Quality Assurance Inspector

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: Performs quality verification inspections and personnel evaluations of 51st Maintenance Group Airmen. Supports F-16 and A-10 aircraft in execution of 51st Fighter Wing mission. Develops/implements maintenance standardization and evaluation program/evaluates quality of maintenance. Initiates action reports when additional attention is required to resolve adverse maintenance training and trends.

Time in the military: 10 years

Time at Osan: Nine months

DEROS: November 2010

Family: Wife, Yasuko and son, Caleb - both currently in Misawa, Japan

Hometown: Wausau, Wis.

Hobbies: Playing drums and video games, watching movies

Why did you join the military? To serve my country, get an education, and see the world.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? Still in the military but as a higher ranking individual with increased responsibilites.

What do you do for fun here? I'm currently learning to play the drums at the Osan Blues House and also enjoy socializing with friends and watching movies.

What's your favorite Air Force memory or story? When I was selected as a flying crew chief on F-16CJ's in Misawa AB, Japan and performed the duties associated with that job.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? Becoming a father and being selected as a Technical Sergeant during the current promotion cycle.

Who are your role models? Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Mical and Capt. Scott Schlegelmilch