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Red Tails celebrate newest Master Sergeants

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  • By Master Sgt. Christopher Parr
  • 332d Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Red Tails from the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing celebrated the wing’s newest senior noncommissioned officers during a master sergeant release party June 1.

The U.S. Air Force’s Enlisted Force Structure, known internally to Airmen as the brown book due to its dark tan cover, outlines the roles and responsibilities for each enlisted rank. This handbook explains that the senior noncommissioned officers tier preserves our legacy and heritage by focusing on leading teams and shaping the future force.

Several sections of the book describe the critical role of the SNCO, and how they will be proficient in Airmen leadership qualities and mentor their subordinates and peers through continual education, training, and experience to develop ready and disciplined teams. 

“Our role in the United States Air Force is more than just a job; it is a calling to serve our country, the Air Force mission, and our fellow Airmen,” said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass. 

Bass laid out her expectations that every Airman knows, learns, and embodies the contents of the Enlisted Force Structure, as we continue the storied history of those who have come before us.

“This is how we will deliver airpower,” added Bass.

This year the active duty Air Force selected 4,040 of 27,296 eligible technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant at a selection rate of 14.8%.

During the ceremony, the newly selected master sergeants heard this call to action:

“Selects, you have earned the privilege and honor to wear the master sergeant chevrons. Your future responsibilities toward individual Airman and mission accomplishment transcend your core specialty. You are the key to inspiring and deliberately developing the leaders of tomorrow.”

Before the newly selected master sergeants were announced, Brig. Gen Christopher Sage, 332d AEW commander, took a few moments to address the group.

“This is a big day as you are now joining the ranks of the top three and that is no small accomplishment,” said Sage. “You are at the heart of the senior NCO corps.”

Congratulations to the 332d AEW master sergeant selects:

Technical Sgt. Cody Adair, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing Base Operations Support Directorate

Technical Sgt. Talisha Adams, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing Inspector General

Technical Sgt. Jared Alday, 332d Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron

Technical Sgt.  Christopher Bailey, 332d Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron

Master Sgt. Dylan Berglund, 332d Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron

Technical Sgt. Timothy Betz, 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron

Master Sgt. Dwight Chandler, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron

Technical Sgt. Kyle DeFrancis, U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Office

Technical Sgt. Mark Gonzalez, 332d Expeditionary Rescue Squadron

Technical Sgt. Joshua Hoke, 332d Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron

Technical Sgt. Chad Kerlin, 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron

Technical Sgt. Kayla Lee, 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron

Technical Sgt. Parise Owens, 332d Expeditionary Medical Group

Technical Sgt. Jeremy Snyder, 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron

Technical Sgt. Darren Tomford, 332d Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron

Master Sgt. Kevin Walter, 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron