Pacific spotlight: Airman 1st Class Lynise Bryant
By STARS AND STRIPE Published: May 5, 2008
Lynise, tell us what it’s like being a 19-year-old Texan stationed in Korea. Culture shock?
Not really. It’s actually been good because I wanted to travel. It’s not so much of a culture shock since I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Texas and am familiar with all the different cultures there.
Do you do kimchi?
No sir, I don’t do spicy foods.
But you’re from Texas.
Yes, so when I do Mexican food, it can’t be spicy.
Everyone who has lived in Texas loves that state. Why?
Because Texas has everything except for mountains. They have beaches, desert, and the plains and the hospitality there is great.
Why is your job in 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron important?
We work with aircraft parts. Without my squadron, the jets don’t fly. That’s important.
You’re vice president of Kunsan’s Airmen Committed to Excellence Council. Tell us about that organization.
The ACEC is a way for our airmen to get involved in the community as well as a way for us to help airmen with professional development. We even have our own building where airmen can relax and watch television on big-screen TVs, use the barbecue pit for cookouts or play video games on the PlayStations. We try to offer alternatives to alcohol consumption.
What do you hope to do for the Air Force in the future?
I’d like to become a psychiatrist. Back home, I’ve seen a lot of people who have been abused and I want to help those types of people so they know they are not alone.
That sounds rewarding. Are you looking at colleges?
Baylor University in Waco has one of the best medical programs around. I’ve also looked at Texas Tech.
Do you have a nickname?
Yes, they call me “Weezy.”
It’s a nickname I was given because I am the youngest and smallest on my basketball team and remind my teammates of the rapper, Lil’ Wayne, who also goes by Weezy and is the youngest and shortest on his record label.
Height doesn’t always matter. The question is, can you shoot?
Depends on what day of the week it is. My hoops team didn’t play that well, but we had a lot of fun.
Speaking of hoops. Born in L.A. but brought up in Texas. Lakers or Spurs?
Oh, definitely the Lakers. I’m not a fan of Texas teams.
Where to next?
On June 21 I leave for Aviano Air Base in Italy. I hope to do a lot of traveling in Europe, which I hear is as easy as traveling state to state in the U.S. I want to see Portugal, Greece, England, Spain, all over Europe.
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Claim to fame: Vice President, Airmen Committed to Excellence Council
Location:Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
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