KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — “Why do you serve?” A question many active duty service members are all too familiar with, but few can answer quickly. For Staff Sgt. Huy Huynh, 8th Force Support Squadron food service accountant, the answer has always been clear,
“I’ve always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Huynh. “Coming to work and seeing people smile is a passion of mine.”
Sacrifice and service are not unknown concepts for Huynh, who has seen family members serve and sacrifice for their countries.
“It means the world to carry on the legacy of the family that served before me, as well as to serve alongside my brother who is an Army Ranger, and my uncle who was recently promoted to Lt. Col. in the Vietnamese military,” said Huynh
Huynh’s actions spoke louder than his words during his tenure at Kunsan Air Base, where he filled multiple roles within his squadron and various organizations around the base. Serving as the Korean Filipino Association secretary, he capitalized on opportunities to connect Airmen with peers and grow their understanding of Asian cultures.
“Like most people, I didn’t receive my first job selection,” said Huynh. “But being in services is very rewarding; every day I get to come in and help the Airmen on base while supporting the bigger picture for the Air Force.”
Huynh’s service extends beyond the gates of Kunsan, as he has recently begun volunteering at a local orphanage.
“Before joined I was a nail technician working day in and day out, and one day it just hit me that I wanted to make a difference and help people who may be suffering,” said Huynh. “It’s a passion of mine to make people happy and smile, it keeps me going to continue to help the people that I can.”
Now that his time at Kunsan AB is coming to an end, Huynh feels invigorated in his efforts to better the world and the impact he can have.
“While the world is not perfect, knowing that I can contribute, even in a small way, to bettering society or bring joy to someone’s day is incredibly rewarding.”