FSS Airman recognized for ‘doing it right’

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  • By Tyler Hemstreet
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Every shirt was tightly folded, the canned goods and beverages were perfectly aligned on the shelves and even the loose change was stacked in perfection on the desk.

And that's just how Airman 1st Class Daniel Kim, 62nd Force Support Squadron, likes to keep his dorm room on a daily basis.

After a recent random dorm room inspection some Airmen from the rest of the wing got an up close and personal view of the masterpiece inside Bldg. 572.

Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Matlock, 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron, was so blown away with what he saw while serving as the wing representative on the dorm inspection he decided to give Airman Kim a coin.

"It was the best room I've seen in my 24 years in the military," Sergeant Matlock said.

Being awarded the coin took Airman Kim by total surprise.

"(Chief Matlock) told me 'you're awesome'," he said. "I was so happy."

Airman Kim, who was born in Los Angeles but raised in South Korea, said his room was often messy when he was a child.

"My mom taught me how to clean it," he said.

Along the way, Airman Kim used some organizational tricks he picked up before joining the Air Force and applied them to his personal space. He spends about one hour every day cleaning his room and keeping the dust at bay.

"My friends sometimes tell me I'm crazy," said Airman Kim, speaking of the dedication it takes to keep his room clean.

Although Airman Kim shares a bathroom with his suitemate, he said they work together to keep the common area clean.

That dedication to keeping a room clean is something all Airmen can learn from, Chief Matlock said.

"That pride in ownership and embracing your living space and keeping it clean can make you more productive," he said.

The same mentality can also be applied to Air Force culture as a whole, said Master Sgt. Chris Almeria, 62nd FSS first sergeant.

"When you exceed the standard, great things happen to you," Sergeant Almeria said.