Celebrating Women of Osan, Part IV
By Airman 1st Class Rachel Casas and Airman 1st Class Dominic Salcido, 51st Fighter Wing
/ Published March 27, 2014
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- In recognition of Women's History Month, the WHM committee is highlighting women who embody the month's theme of "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment." This is the final part in a series of four of inspirational women on Osan Air Base.
Name: Senior Master Sgt. Kristine Jones
Unit: 607th Air Operations Squadron
Job title: Superintendent, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division
Job description and its impact on the overall mission: Leads 71 Airmen providing intelligence information to plan, control, coordinate and execute decisive joint/combined air combat operations in the Korea Theater of Operations.
Time in the military: 17 years
Time at Osan: 9 months
Hometown: Cinnaminson, New Jersey
Hobbies: Reality television shows are my guilty pleasure.
Why did you join the military? I wanted to be independent and travel the world. I knew it had to be bigger and better than New Jersey.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? My two wonderful little boys are my proudest achievement.
Who are your role models? All the great leaders and supervisors I have served with along the way.
What drove you to continue your career in the military? I love serving and I am honestly happy to go to work every day. I also feel obligated to take care of Airmen the way my supervisors and mentors took care of me, I am trying to pay it forward.
What advice do you have for other women coming into the services?
Be confident and always be yourself. Try to influence positive changes wherever you go and within everyone you come in contact with.
If you could start over from the point which you joined the military, would you do it all over again or choose something different? This is a difficult question because I do not see the military as a job, serving is such a large part of my life I cannot imagine the person I would be had I not chose this path. The best part is, I do get to start over when I retire and I know I will be successful in my next career. I have the Air Force to thank for that.