Baum, James, TSgt

Medical
 
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
4N0X1-Medical Service Craftsman
Current/Last AFSC Group
Medical
Primary Unit
2006-2006, 4N0X1, 447th Expeditionary Medical Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
90230-Medical Service Specialist
90250-Medical Service Specialist
Service Years
1987 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Technical Sergeant


 Ribbon Bar


Enlisted Medical (Technician) Senior


 

 Official Badges 

Northern Command US European Command Strategic Command Inter-American Defense Board

US Pacific Command NATO Badge Allied Joint Forces Command Naples US Southern Command

Allied Forces Northern Europe


 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Gold Star Blue Star

US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) Gold Star Lapel Pin


 Military Association Memberships
Post 182American Cold War VeteransAF113AFSA 1320
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)American Military Retirees Association (AMRA)National Association of Medics and CorpsmenChapter 128
Post 7244, Lt. Michael Libonati  Jr. PostPost 1776
  1996, American Legion, Post 182 (Vice President) (Fairfield, California) - Chap. Page
  1999, American Cold War Veterans
  2000, Air Force Association (AFA), AF113 (Paymaster) (Fairfield, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2000, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1320 (Executive Officer) (Travis AFB, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2007, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) - Assoc. Page
  2007, National Association of Medics and Corpsmen
  2007, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Chapter 128 (Boulevard, California)
  2007, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7244, Lt. Michael Libonati Jr. Post (Vacaville, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2008, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 1776 (Vacaville, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page



 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1987, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3703/279
 Unit Assignments
3703rd Basic Military Training SquadronSchool AssignmentsUSAF Hospital/Medical Center - MatherHospital, Clinic and Dispensary Units
8th Medical GroupMedical Units39th Medical Group60th Medical Group
  1987-1987, 4N0X1, 3703rd Basic Military Training Squadron
  1987-1987, 90250, Air Force School of Health Care Sciences
  1987-1987, 90230, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Mather
  1987-1991, 90250, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Keesler
  1991-1991, 90250, 870th Contingency Hospital
  1991-1992, 90250, 8th Medical Group
  1992-1994, 4N0X1, 86th Medical Group
  1994-1998, 4N0X1, 74th Medical Group
  1997-1998, 4N0X1, 4404th Medical Group (Provisional)
  1998-1999, 4N0X1, 8th Medical Group
  1999-2003, 4N0X1, 47th Medical Group
  2003-2004, 4N0X1, 51st Medical Group
  2004-2005, 4N0X1, 39th Medical Group
  2005-2007, 4N0X1, 60th Medical Group
  2006-2006, 4N0X1, 447th Expeditionary Medical Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm2
  1992-1996 Operation Provide Promise (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  1995-1995 Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR)
  2006-2006 OIF/National Resolution (2005-07)3
 Military Association Memberships
Post 182American Cold War VeteransAF113AFSA 1320
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)American Military Retirees Association (AMRA)National Association of Medics and CorpsmenChapter 128
Post 7244, Lt. Michael Libonati  Jr. PostPost 1776
  1996, American Legion, Post 182 (Vice President) (Fairfield, California) - Chap. Page
  1999, American Cold War Veterans
  2000, Air Force Association (AFA), AF113 (Paymaster) (Fairfield, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2000, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1320 (Executive Officer) (Travis AFB, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2007, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) - Assoc. Page
  2007, National Association of Medics and Corpsmen
  2007, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Chapter 128 (Boulevard, California)
  2007, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7244, Lt. Michael Libonati Jr. Post (Vacaville, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2008, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 1776 (Vacaville, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Reflections on TSgt Baum's US Air Force Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE AIR FORCE.
I decided to sign up for the military for two reasons. First off, tradition was a factor. I have many relatives that had proudly served before I graduated high school. I have relatives that served in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam. I heard from these relatives horror stories about death and the prospect of dying in battle. However, I heard about the good things about serving in the military. My relatives told about the many friendships they had developed during their time in the service. Along with serving there the feeling of teamwork and comradery. Secondly, I grew up in Northwest Indiana. Traditionally, there was no employment available at the time I grew up during the late 60's and 70's. By the I graduated in May of 1981, jobs became scarce because of foreign competition. My father worked in the steel mills for over 20 years before being temporarily laid off. He eventually reported back to work because he had 20 consecutive years of faithful service. I initially tried many part-time jobs and attend college part-time. I struggled to maintain a paycheck and stay on top of studies at same time. It was hard most of the time. My grades were not ideal but not failing. The jobs I had were part-time so the money was scarce at times especially since I was living with parents' home. I felt like a burden to them because was I over 18 and not progressing like I should. So I looked into the military. I went to an Air Force recruiter in neighboring Valpraiso, Indiana in November of 1985. The recruiter was helpful and friendly. He informed about tuition assistance program in the Air Force. I was sold on the point that the military can help me get my college education. All in all, the military service was the last thing I wanted to do but I'm glad I signed up and never looked back.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
I initially signed up to be a photographer in the Air Force but I lacked 20/20 vision in both my eyes so I became a medical service specialist because I wanted to work for the sick and the injured. I chose this path because I wanted to help the biggest group and that is our veterans who have served before I was born.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
While assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, my first deployment was to England in lieu of Operation Desert Storm in January of 1991. I was sent there to set up a 2500-bed in two large airplane hangars. The deployment was chaotic at times. During off duty times, I saw a lot of British sites such as the London Bridge and Big Ben. We took care of 156 Operation Desert Storm troops of minor illnesses and various wartime injuries. The living arraignments were horrible because I was jammed in a house with 14 or 15 other personnel. The second deployment I attended was from July-December of 1995 at Camp Pleso in Zagreb, Croatia for Operations Provide Promise and Joint Endeavor. I worked Emergency Room. Our unit from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio took care of over 4,000 American and foreign troops from 36 contingencies. Our unit also assisted the local orphanages with food and provisions. While still assigned to Wright-Patterson, I went to Prince Sultan Air Base located in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia from December 1997 to April 1998. This deployment was called Operation Southern Watch. Mainly our unit provided medical care support to troops enforcing the no-fly zone from Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi forces. My last deployment occurred while was stationed at Travis Air Force Base located in Fairfield, California. I deployed to Sather Air Base in Baghdad International Airport Baghdad, Iraq from May-September of 2006. This deployment supported Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. This deployment was harder in the fact that I had to work everyday and had to wear helmet, body armor, and carry a loaded M-16 everyday. While working for 447 EMEDS medical facility, we provided medical care to military and civilian personnel working in Victory Complex.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
It is a tough choice to pick which assignment I have the fondest memories and least favorite. I always believed that there is no such thing as a bad assignment. If I had to pick one or more it would my assignments in South Korea because of the excitement of playing near real world exercises. My favorite assignment would have to be Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserlautern, Germany. Because of where Germany is positioned in Europe, I was able to travel to 20 different countries.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
My deployment to Iraq to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
I did not receive any medals for valor, although I was in the combat zone in Zagreb, Croatia and Baghdad, Iraq. My highest medal is the Commendation Medal I received while serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR OTHER MEMORABILIA, WHICH ONE IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
My Enlisted Medical Corp with star and the National Register Emergency Medical Technician certification are my most important accomplishments.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
My first assignment at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi is where I had the best leader, SSgt Matthew Daggett. He was patient with teaching me the ins and outs of being a great medical technician. He is to this day an excellent role model I have the privilege of working with.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
I cannot for the life of me recall any situations or events that were humorous at times. I worked with a lot of great crews over the past 20 years whether in the inpatient units or outpatient clinics.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
I am currently working as a store associate with the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California since November 2010. Before that I worked at Travis Bowling Center at the same base mentioned above. I worked there from December 2007 until my resignation in March 2011.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
I currently am a member of the Air Force Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Air Force Sergeants Association, Amvets, and the American Legion. My associations with these fine organizations helped me have an avenue for veterans' rights.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
I learned from the teamwork aspect from my 20 years in the military.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE AIR FORCE?
If person is thinking of joining the armed services, they need to research what they want out of serving the military regardless what they choose. With the wonderful world of the internet, each person should find out what it takes to meet the needs of the armed services. Talk to people who are currently in the military and get their intake. Talk to veterans. Each person needs to know what to expect when signing their name on the dotted line and take the oath. SERVICE BEFORE SELF.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
TSgt James Baum (Indiana James) - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
This website may connect me with familiar names and occupations.

DB 7/4/2016

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