Air Force

April 25, 2014

Airman wears two uniforms

Tech. Sgt. Michael Kuehler (center), poses for a group photo with his fellow fuels Airmen at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Kuehler is part of the Air Force Reserve and is deployed to Southeast Asia working as a fuels operations supervisor providing fuel to military aircraft. Kuehler also wears a police officer uniform working as a patrol officer in the Phoenix Police Department where he serves his local community. Kuehler is assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Flight and is deployed from Luke Air Force Base.

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — Being in the Air Force Reserve gives Airmen the opportunity to serve their country while following their dreams to become just about anything in life. For some, the dream might be to be an actor or a musician, but for one 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Flight Airman, who is deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, his dream was to become a police officer.

Tech. Sgt. Michael Kuehler, who is deployed from Luke Air Force Base and is a Morton, Texas, native is not your average sized Airman. He stands at 6 feet 7 inches tall, looks like a football player and has a powerful handshake, which can probably crush a coconut.

Some days going to work requires him to don a military uniform while he serves the nation as a fuels operations supervisor providing fuel to military aircraft, and other days he wears a police officer uniform and serves his local community by protecting the people who live there. He is also a full-time single father of two sons.

“I thoroughly enjoy both of my jobs, and I feel like a lucky person to be able to do two things that I have a deep passion for; serving my country and helping people,” Kuehler said. “Although it is hard at times to manage my schedule between the two jobs, it is worth it.”

Kuehler joined the Air Force in 1993 to serve his nation and joined the Reserve after eight years of active-duty service.

“I come from a long line of military service members,” Kuehler said. “Pretty much everyone in my family has served. I knew as soon as I got out of high school I wanted to join the Air Force, and I did.”

Kuehler worked as a fuels Airman, but wanted to cross train into security forces because he always had a passion for law enforcement.

“During my time serving in active duty, there were no positions open to cross train into security forces, so I came up with a plan to still serve my country and follow my passion for protecting the public,” he said. “I joined the Phoenix Police Department and have had a great experience working there for the past 13 years.”

On the police force, Kuehler works as a patrol officer in one of the most dangerous parts of Phoenix. He receives all types of calls, from domestic disputes to armed robberies. No day is the same, he said.

During his deployment he supervises 21 Airmen who fuel all the aircraft deployed to Southeast Asia. He said his job there and his police job at home share some similarities.

“The Air Force set me up for success to become the best police officer I can be,” Kuehler said. “And my job as a police officer has helped me be more patient with people, which helps me supervise. Both jobs focus on being fit and I enjoy being physically fit to be an Airman and a police officer.”

Staff Sgt. Michael Poitevien, a 379th ELRS fuels Airman who is deployed from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and is a Long Island, N.Y., native said, Kuehler is one of the best supervisors he’s ever worked with.

“He is very well-mannered and dedicated to professionalism,” Poitevien said. “He is a great mentor, which I have learned much from. I am sure he takes his duties as a police officer as seriously as he does being an Airman.”

Kuehler said neither job is more rewarding than the other, and he is grateful to be able to follow his two passions while providing mentorship to his two sons and fellow Airmen.

“My police job is phenomenal because I get to help people and put bad guys behind bars,” Kuehler said. “Being an Airman is an honor, and I love that I help to provide fuel, which keeps aircraft in the air and in the fight. I love both of my jobs, and I am just grateful to have the opportunity to serve in two different uniforms.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
NEW_1

Luke F-35s visit Columbus AFB

Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile A T-6 Texan II roars overhead as the pilots of two Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning IIs prepare to exit their aircraft July 23 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pilots are Capt. Nichola...
 
 

Gillespie Loop: Honors Airman who made ultimate sacrifice

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The men and women of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing came together for a road dedication ceremony to honor Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie, a fallen Airman who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie was a career fuels specialist who died July 9, 2007, from wounds sustained during small...
 
 

Who’s afraid of a little blood?

I have been in the Air Force for 22 years and have been a medical laboratory technician since the beginning of my career. The medical or clinical laboratory is where specimens are tested to provide information to medical providers who directly assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients. After graduating basic...
 

 

Pursue education for career’s sake

Everyone knows education can be a good bullet on an enlisted performance report, but few know the true value of an education in regard to a military career. The pursuit of an education can be just as valuable as the degree acquired at the end. The knowledge acquired in the pursuit of an education can...
 
 
Pg-3--photo-illustration

Candid money talk improves relationship

There are many reasons why people divorce but at the top of the list are lack of communication and finances. That’s why it’s important to combine these two topics to make for a successful long-lasting relationship. “I bel...
 
 

News Briefs July 31, 2015

Total body conditioning class A new total body conditioning class is 6:30 and 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. The 6:30 a.m. class is broken into two half hour segments to accommodate squadron or individual physical training. The 9 a.m. class is one hour. The class consists of body weight movements and the use of equipment...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>