We are the First Four

by Airman Frank Molina
KMC First Four vice president

The KMC First Four is a private organization within the KMC. This organization is a committee of junior enlisted Airmen, ranging from E-1 to E-4, from all branches of the U.S. military.

Members of the First Four look for ways to improve the community and develop junior enlisted not only as professionals, but as leaders.

The organization was established in 2003 and grew slowly at first with only 45 members. Due to hard work and dedication, this private organization has grown to more than 600 members over the past few years and continues to increase in size.

Current president Airman 1st Class Zachary Bach, former vice president Senior Airman Juliette White, and other council members have done a phenomenal job running the First Four and developing other Airmen. During monthly meetings, the First Four provides a positive environment, allowing members to target issues affecting junior enlisted members on base and in the dormitories. Furthermore, the First Four is the voice for all E-4s and below.

 “I got involved in the First Four because I saw it was a great opportunity to help other people and develop them as a professional,” White said. “The First Four is a great way to meet more people and network.”

To help assist in the professional development, there are guest speakers who inform Airmen of professional development seminars and other growth, health and educational opportunities. Guest speakers include top senior enlisted officers and civilian members from their respective fields. Financial advisers, as well as representatives from the education office, chiefs’ panel, Ramstein Airman & Family Readiness Center and other organizations have also been to the meetings.

Most meetings have a KMC 5/6 and a KMC Top III representative in attendance to help spread the word about issues affecting Airmen and to give insight on the various topics.

The KMC First Four also provides an avenue for Airmen and other junior enlisted members to get involved in multiple organizations and various volunteer opportunities. Everyone has something unique to bring to the table, no matter what their personal interests are. The organization creates opportunities for members to give back in a way that is both beneficial to them and to the community. Members are constantly giving Airmen the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience by taking on the responsibilities of being a point of contact or an organizer for an event.

Bach, the First Four president, and various other council members brief the First Term Airman’s Center here to introduce the First Four to new arrivals from technical school. However, there are still Airmen who do not know about this organization.

If you are a junior enlisted member or know a junior enlisted member from any branch of the U.S. military who would like to get involved in the community and wants to become more of a developed professional, you’re invited to attend one of the monthly meetings.

The First Four meets at 3:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in Martini’s Lounge at the Ramstein Enlisted Club. Yearly membership fees are $5. Sign up as a member at the monthly meetings, or email KMC1stfour/council@ramstein.af.mil.

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