Local

March 1, 2013

New AETC command chief makes first base visit

Senior Airman Shawn Dyer, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight crew chief, briefs Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command chief, Feb. 22 when the chief visited Luke Air Force Base.

On his first base visit as Air Education and Training Command’s newest enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia spent his time visiting with Luke Airmen and talking about leadership.

One area Tapia said he’s ready to lead the way with is Comprehensive Airman Fitness. While he’s only been in his current job about a month, he said he wants to push forward with CAF in AETC because he saw in his last job in Air Combat Command that it really works.

Intended to create and sustain a community giving Airmen and their families balance and a sense of belonging, CAF’s objectives are to reduce self-defeating behaviors, enhance individual resilience and ultimately enhance community resilience.

Comprehensive Airman Fitness, modeled after the Army’s program of a similar name, features four domains — mental, physical, social and spiritual. It all boils down to building resiliency in our Airmen, Tapia said.

“The best way I’ve heard it explained was when former Air Force chief of chaplains, Col. Cecil Richardson was talking to a group of young Airmen,” he said. “He took a rubber band and stretched it out with both hands and said ‘This is crisis in our lives. We will always meet crisis in our lives. If you’re resilient, you’ll meet crisis like this (he removed his hands and the rubber band shrunk back to normal). If you’re not resilient, the crisis can cause you to break, just like this rubber band would with too much pressure.’”

“Our job, as leaders, is to help build resiliency in our Airmen,” he said.

The chief discussed the need for strong leaders in a critical place for the Air Force — basic military training.

Thus far, the Air Force has selected 179 NCOs to apply to be military training instructors.

“I understand there could be some hesitancy from some of these Airmen, but the Air Force is asking these individuals to do something that could be very special,” he said. “Those who were selected to apply were chosen because they’re seasoned in the Air Force and have life experience. We’ll give those selected the tools and skills to be training instructors and have an impact on people’s careers for the rest of their lives.”

Tapia said there’s a detailed and laborious process involved to select the right NCOs to even enter MTI training, but those selected need to have several characteristics.

“We need strong leaders, role models, people who have a moral compass, high standards; those who live the core values, are smart, energetic and are enthusiastic about being a solution to the problem,” he said. “Could they be hesitant? Yeah! But don’t be scared. This is a chance to help restore the trust and confidence in the Air Force.”

As the 28-year Air Force veteran toured Luke, he said he was consistently inspired by Airmen — his motivation.

“I’m excited to be an Airman in AETC,” he said. “I’m ready to be an advocate. For me, enlisted Airmen matter; their families matter; education and training matters. I’ve said it a thousand times and it was reinforced here — I don’t think we’ve seen our best days as Airmen yet, and that excites me!”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Luke welcomes Nurse Advice Line

Remember that moment? The moment you thought you had something medically wrong with you but didn’t know exactly what it was? After a few Web searches, you find yourself on WebMD and are questioning whether you have the least worrying of possible diagnoses or the worst — cancer or even death. To help patients save...
 
 
141020-SMSgt-Shelly-Bailey-8x10-DW

Path to inspirational leadership evolving skillset

Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Bailey At some point in our Air Force career we will assume a leadership role. Leadership is an ever-evolving skillset that you will continue to develop throughout the course of your career. The highes...
 
 

Bridges: build, don’t burn

Have you heard the phrase “don’t burn your bridges?” This idiom is used to describe the importance of not ending a relationship on a bad note. In this case, the relationship is your military career. For example, when you build professional relationships you are networking or laying the foundation for the building of a bridge....
 

 
141008-F-HT977-005

Unaccompanied housing to be upgraded

Funds have arrived from Air Education and Training Command for unaccompanied housing to use to take care of Airmen in the dorms, from reconstruction of dorms to fixing a door knob. “With these funds we are able to maintain do...
 
 

News Briefs October 24, 2014

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Airman 1st Class Wheeler Nichols is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims for or against the estate should call Lt....
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

New honorary commanders inducted

Senior Airman Grace Lee Honorary commanders chat with Luke Air Force Base leaders Oct. 17 during social hour in Hangar 431 at Luke Air Force Base prior to their official induction ceremony. The honorary commander program partne...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin