“Toughest Military Jobs,” a new series from The Military Channel, highlights some of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Military. In the series’ latest episode, viewers follow Air Force airmen as they trek through the forest defusing bombs; watch Air Force fire fighters extinguish a C-130 engulfed in flames; learn how Army chemical soldiers fight a nerve gas attack, and see how ammunition specialists handle dangerous munitions. The episode premieres Thursday, May 27, at 9 PM (check local listings). MSgt Kenneth Kline of Tyndall AFB appears in the episode and shared with Air Force Live about why he serves. Read more about dangerous Air Force jobs here.
I am MSgt Ken Kline of Detachment 1, 823d RED HORSE Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL. Currently I am the Section Chief, Emergency Services Training. Although my background is 18 years in Fire Emergency Services, I currently maintain oversight of Fire Emergency Services and Emergency Management contingency training for all Air Force (Active Duty, Air Force Reserves, and Air National Guard) members in these respective career fields.
As a firefighter, my job is inherently dangerous. What kind of person runs into a burning building while everyone else is running out? It is so much more than that. I have found myself responding to scenarios involving the following situations: aircraft crashes with weapons on-board, house/facility fires, major vehicle accidents, hazardous material spills/leaks, rocket/mortar attacks, UXO‘s, and a variety of medical emergencies. As you can imagine, each and every one of the emergencies I have been on has carried with it a certain amount of risk and danger. That being said, the training that I have received has prepared me for those situations.
When dealing with high risk jobs, the goal is to maintain control of as many variables as you can. Whether it is preventing the growth of the incident or securing the area to keep non-essential personnel away, control is key. There are times when gaining control can be problematic at best; these are the adrenaline moments. This is why I continue to serve.
I serve because I love what I do. This statement is all encompassing, to include my job and defense of the greatest country on the planet. Yes, I am “ate-up.” I believe that you have to be to become emblematic of the military. Every day, I put this uniform on with pride and strive to conduct myself in the most professional manner. I carry with me a faith that if I do this, my leaders will support me and my subordinates will grasp the desire that I show. I do not serve this great nation for me. I serve for all those who have gone before me and will come after me and the 300 million Americans that count on me to do my “job” every day.