Wrapping up command priorities
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- This is the finale in a series of articles detailing the command priorities at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The pieces have explored the different ways in which Team Osan bands together to build fight tonight readiness, strengthen the base and team, grow leadership and professional, and drive innovative solutions. Beginning next week there will be a series of articles detailing the goals of the 51st Fighter Wing and how they help cultivate an environment of mission ready Airmen and power and a professional and positive environment.
For the last five weeks, 9 articles were published on the four different commander priorities here at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and how they add to the Mustang mission and enable the men and women of Team Osan to maintain their buoyancy.
Every week highlighted a new priority, including: building fight tonight readiness, strengthening the base and team, growing leadership and professionalism, and driving innovative solutions. Team Osan is here to defend the freedom of 51 million people, and the priorities help provide a "how" to the "why".
The first week, build fight tonight readiness, focused on the 51st Munitions Squadron Armament Flight and the 51st Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight. Each unit, and their diverse mission set, labors round the clock operations to keep team Osan safe and ready to defend the freedom of 51 million people.
Firefighters respond to situations involving malfunctioning engine oil or misfired weapons on an aircraft, egressing people from confined spaces, stuck elevators and lesser and greater fires. While SFS Airmen are trained to protect base borders, entry-control points, and the people living on base. Both units are also among the first responders for emergency situations.
The next week, strengthening the base and team, showcased the efforts of the 51st Communications Squadron and 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron. The 51st COMM Client Systems Technicians supports the use of electronics for more than 7,000 people on base. Their efforts leave Team Osan "wired up". The 51st AMDS Nutritional Medical Shop has a less conspicuous, but very important role at Team Osan, treating and advising the entire base on matters of nutrition.
After that, there was growing leadership and professionalism. This priority was highlighted through a volunteer organization on base specifically designed to coordinate volunteer opportunities, and the Equal Opportunity office. The Bigger Picture is a group that focuses on providing easy and accessible volunteer opportunities to anyone interested. They act as a one-stop shop for Airmen of all ranks to find something to do in the community. The Equal Opportunity office is one of the smallest, but most crucial shops in maintaining a respectful and professional environment at Osan. Along with handling complaints, this team of four also provide mediation, do unit drop ins, and host monthly observance ceremonies on base.
Finally, driving innovative solutions, focused on how outside the box thinking is rampant on Team Osan, and a culturally encouraged behavior that results in new and great ways of accomplishing the mission. This priority was showcased by the 731st Air Mobility Squadron innovating their baggage removal process and the 51st Medical Group exercising their aeromedical evacuation skills during one of the base's revolutionary operational readiness exercises.
Next week we'll being our look at the 51st FW's command goals and how the men and women on base come together to keep Osan AB a mission-ready and professional assignment.