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Chief's View: As new command chief, I believe in you

Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen R. Buckner

Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen R. Buckner

Citizen Airman/Apr 2012 -- I am humbled and honored to serve as the 15th command chief of the Air Force Reserve. I am proud and grateful to follow in the footsteps of those who have served in this position before me.

I want to thank all of you who continue to serve with pride and dignity during some of the most challenging times our Reserve has encountered. The teamwork among our traditional Reservists, air reserve technicians, individual mobilization augmentees, civilians, regular Air Force members and contractors who make up the Air Force Reserve Command is unmatched.

In addition, your mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandparents, brothers, sisters, significant others, children, friends and civilian employers have made, and continue to make, important contributions to our success. You have all made personal sacrifices so we may continue answering the call to meet all humanitarian and wartime taskings. My job is to make all your sacrifices matter, because you matter!

I advise the commander on all issues that affect the lives and careers of our enlisted force. My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring you have the best equipment and facilities, proficient training, knowledgeable and competent leaders, and adequate benefits and services to support you and your families during your time of service and into retirement.

I take these responsibilities very seriously. I have high expectations for all of us in uniform - airman basic to chief. I expect a culture of compliance and accountability that enables everyone to safely and effectively accomplish the mission.

I expect all of us to be good wingmen -- watching out for the safety and health of each other, both on and off duty. I expect all of us to be mission ready at all times. That is the promise we make to every American citizen when we put on this uniform, and we need to be able to deliver on that promise.

I expect senior leaders to listen to the concerns of the Airmen under their care and for all of us to use the chain of command. I believe we are capable of solving many of our issues at the lowest level if we are given the opportunity and act accordingly.

If there is one message I can get through to you, it is I believe we are the most feared air power in the world. I believe we can meet and exceed any challenge that comes our way. I believe it is an honor and privilege to wear the uniform of the United States Air Force. I believe I have the best job in the world. And, most of all, I believe in you!

I would like to thank our commander, Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., for believing I am the right person to serve you in this position and be the voice of the enlisted force.

I ask that you continue to believe in the Air Force core values and in yourself. And I promise to continue to believe in you and make sure all the sacrifices you and your families make matter, because you all matter to me.

By believing in ourselves and each other, we will continue to be faithful to a proud service. Continue our legacy of valor and our tradition of honor - we will not fail.