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Kadena Airman gives SECAF insight on deployed job

ALI BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Bozsoki, a Kadena munitions Airman, explains the munitions mission at Ali Base, Iraq, March 28 to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne.  Secretary Wynne’s visit was part of a two-base tour of Air Force units in Iraq. (Air Force/Master Sgt. James A. Rush)

ALI BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Bozsoki, a Kadena munitions Airman, explains the munitions mission at Ali Base, Iraq, March 28 to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne. Secretary Wynne’s visit was part of a two-base tour of Air Force units in Iraq. (Air Force/Master Sgt. James A. Rush)

ALI BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Bozsoki seldom appears at a loss for words. The munitions Airman from Kadena Air Base is always ready to talk, so it's no surprise he was selected to brief the Secretary of the Air Force during a tour of 407th Air Expeditionary Group facilities March 28. 

Sergeant Bozsoki had only a couple of minutes to detail the Ali "ammo" mission, resources and goals to the Honorable Michael Wynne. It just wasn't enough time for the energetic Airman. 

"It would have been nice to sit down and talk about the Air Force's direction, to see his personal views," the NCO in charge of munitions activities here said. "He seemed really interested during the short time we had. He was really down to earth." 

Previous impressions of the Air Force leader came only from television promotional spots. Sergeant Bozsoki found the man to be quite different in person. 

"In commercials, he seemed so business-like. But he's got a good sense of humor; he's very approachable," he said. 

Despite being short on time, Sergeant Bozsoki thinks the Secretary carries a meaningful message from Ali to the Pentagon. 

"He found that our people still believe in what were doing in the military, that we are at the right place at the right time and we need to see it through," the 11-year veteran said. 

Secretary Wynne, joined by U.S. Central Command Air Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Gary North, began his visit with a group mission briefing. Col. Larry Kauffman, 407th AEG commander, provided the initial presentation. 

More detailed briefings at the 407th AEG's squadrons followed as the secretary heard about the many projects undertaken to improve Ali Base. Airmen from security forces, services, communication, civil engineering, airlift, operations and logistics gave details about their units' accomplishments during Air Expeditionary Force 5/6. 

Leaving behind more capable bases for the next group is one of the strong points of the AEF system, according to Secretary Wynne. He last stopped at Ali Base only 18 months ago, but still was impressed with the many changes. 

"You get to be here for a short time," Secretary Wynne said. "You see what it's like when you arrive and you see how you make it better." 

Secretary Wynne's visit was part of a two-base tour of Air Force units in Iraq. He flew into Kirkuk Air Base earlier in the day. During his Ali stay, he repeatedly thanked Airmen for their hard work and for representing the United States honorably. 

"We say that every Airman is an ambassador and you can look in the mirror in the morning and say that ambassador is me," he said. "[Through you] people can see that America is a good place to be from."