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22nd MDG Airman earns spotlight performer

Master Sgt. James Glickman, 22nd Medical Group executive, poses with Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, May 3, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Glickman received the spotlight performer for the week of April 11-15. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury)

Master Sgt. James Glickman, 22nd Medical Group executive, poses with Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, May 3, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Glickman received the spotlight performer for the week of April 11-15. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Master Sgt. James Glickman, 22nd Medical Group executive, received the spotlight performer for the week of April 11-15.

Glickman serves as an enlisted action officer for the medical group commander.

"He has stepped in as the executive officer without missing a beat," said Chief Master Sgt. Angela Gagliano, 22nd MDG superintendent. "He is an absolute professional as the front man for the medical group and expertly communicates with internal and external customers."

Glickman, a Tampa, Florida native, joined the Air Force in January 1996 and arrived at McConnell in September 2015. His hobbies include fishing, cooking and playing first-person shooters on X-Box.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My wife is the most positive influence in my life. Her motivation and positive attitude inspires me to try to be a better person every day. If you've been to military clothing sales on McConnell you've probably met her. Hopefully she has sold you higher rank insignia for your uniform.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
I actually have a list of 11 rules that I adopted from a commander a few years back, I try to spread the wisdom to our newest members:      
1. Hold true to Air Force core values, they are your compass.
2. Don't ever get sloppy drunk.
3. Don't ever do drugs.
4. Don't lie, even a little.
5. Live within your means.
6. Be likeable and valuable.
7. Don't fight illegally, try organized boxing.
8. Be squared away. When does a good Airman need a haircut? Never!
9. Treat everyone with respect.
10. Don't hang out with idiots.
11. Always ask for a lawyer. It's not only your right, but it's a really good idea.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
I just accomplished my long term goal on Jan. 10, 2016, which marked my 20th year of service in the United States Air Force. Along that 20-year timeline, I deployed to five places and traveled to six European countries; I couldn't ask for anything more.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
Guam, everything about Guam is interesting, its geography, tropical climate, hidden beaches, cuisine, culture and history. I believe it may be the only jungle in the world that you can explore without indigenous flora and fauna trying to kill you.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would meet Abraham Lincoln. He's on the penny and the $5 note, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, modernized the economy for his time, was a small business owner, served as a Captain in the militia, was a self-taught lawyer and the 16th president. "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."