Chief's View: Thanks for your strong leadership, support of our enlisted force

Chief Master Sgt. Jackson A. Winsett

Chief Master Sgt. Jackson A. Winsett

ROBINS AFB, Ga. -- As I prepare to depart Air Force Reserve Command Feb. 23, I want to thank each of you for your strong leadership and support for our enlisted force, my family and me.

My tour of duty as the command's command chief master sergeant has been awesome. Your pride and professionalism are beyond reproach and continue to make the difference in our ability to accomplish the mission. As America's Citizen Airmen, you were asked to lead the way on numerous occasions, and you met the challenge. You may take pride in your accomplishments, but you must continue to be razor sharp and strive for greater responsibilities.

As we continue to engage in the Global War on Terrorism, I encourage you to remain active, strong and steadfast, prepared to fight anytime and anywhere, and to continue being the role model for the greatest enlisted force in our Air Force. ... the men and women assigned to Air Force Reserve Command.

I offer, as food for thought, a quote by retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "The day Soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." As a leader, you must take care of our greatest asset -- our people.

Our incoming command chief master sergeant, Chief Master Sgt. Troy McIntosh, is a committed leader. His experiences will benefit our command and the enlisted force. I ask that you give him your full cooperation and assistance in all endeavors.

As I close this chapter of my journey, please know that I was privileged and honored to serve with each of you. Your friendship, mentorship, leadership, professionalism and devotion to duty are, beyond any doubt, what make America great. You made a difference in my life, and you will always have my deepest respect and appreciation.

May God bless you, your family, our Air Force and the United States of America.