MacDill Airman hand-selected for congressional program

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  • By Senior Airman Vernon L. Fowler Jr.
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

On Jan. 19, 2016, former Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody contacted Senior Master Sgt. David Kolcun, a TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration chief assigned to the 6th Medical Support Squadron, to notify him of being selected to participate in the Air Force Legislative Fellows Program.

Kolcun’s selection marks the first time a medic, as well as an Airman from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, has ever been selected for the program. Additionally, he is also the sixth Air Force Legislative Fellow to be chosen since the program began.

“I feel that sending representatives to Capitol Hill benefits the Air Force by providing a sound military advisor to help guide congressional members on issues that directly affect our military,” said Kolcun. “Enlisted legislative fellows are the direct voice for our enlisted corps and for the Air Force's strategic priorities.”

First initiated in 2012, the program is designed to provide opportunities to improve understanding and knowledge of the functions and operations of the legislative branch and how it impacts the military.

As the next Air Force Enlisted Legislative Fellow, Kolcun will receive training and practical experience working full-time on the staff of a senator, representative or congressional committee.

“From what I've read in the job description, the typical responsibilities I can expect include drafting legislation, floor debate preparation, planning and analysis of public policy, and serving as a congressional liaison to constituents and industry,” said Kolcun.

According to the leadership in the 6th MDSS, Kolcun has been a vital part of the team and his selection to the program is well-deserved.

“He is a linchpin in his flight and our squadron,” said Lt. Col. Tiffany Morgan, the commander of the 6th MDSS. “Senior Master Sgt. Kolcun is the right Airman for the Legislative Fellows Program.

“His passion for executing at the highest level, coupled with his fascination in the legislative process, make him a perfect selection.”

Kolcun says that he is very optimistic about his future following the program and how it will help him become more effective in contributing to executing the Air Force’s mission.

“I see the potential benefits for me as a true career-broadening opportunity,” said Kolcun. “I get to step out of my Air Force specialty and learn about all the components that go into completing our Air Force mission.”