Airman of the Week: Staff Sgt. Kyle Blair

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

Job title: Weather Forecaster/Observer

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: As a weather forecaster, I support our ability to fly and fix airplanes by providing aviation forecasts. These forecasts tell our pilots where clouds and hazards are, allowing them to exploit the weather for battle.

Time in the military: Five years, five months

Time at Osan: 14 months

DEROS: May 2011

Family: Parents, John and Barb Blair, brother, Daniel, and sister, Kristina

Hometown: Bradford, Ohio

Hobbies: Golf, basketball, darts and billiards

Why did you join the military? To travel the world, meet new people, and to serve the greatest nation on the planet.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? I see myself having a family and continuing my service in the Air Force as either a senior NCO or a field grade officer. After 20 years, I plan on having my master's degree and working in the golf profession.

What do you do for fun here? I try to golf at every chance I have. I also like to travel around the country and see the Korean culture.

What's your favorite Air Force memory or story?
I was a student at Keesler Air Force Base during Hurricane Katrina. My military training facility sheltered for three days as the storm raged outside. When we emerged, Keesler and the surrounding community was a wreck. I was among a group that volunteered to help with recovery efforts. I spent the next 45 days aiding the clean-up and relief efforts, earning the humanitarian service medal.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? I feel pride daily as I work. Any time a pilot comes back from a mission and tells me that the weather support given was spot-on, it makes me feel like a true asset to the Air Force.

Who are your role models? First and foremost, I would say my dad. As a recently retired chief master sergeant, he points me in the right direction every day. Also, I am blessed with leaders above me who have integrity; instead of worrying about their own careers, they place their emphasis on the careers of their subordinates.