New command chief takes reins

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Photo by Senior Airman CORY GOSSETT
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Luke Air Force Base,  Ariz. — Charged with leading professional development for the enlisted at Luke Air Force Base, Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski has taken the reins as the 56th Fighter Wing’s newest command chief, replacing Chief John Mazza in June.

Kwiatkowski focuses his effort on creating and maintaining high-quality enlisted Airmen that lead the charge training the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots.

“I’m passionate about those who sustain the Air Force,” Kwiatkowski said. “Taking care of our Airmen is the most important thing we can do.”

He stressed that treating people well goes a long way.

“This team isn’t about what’s on your sleeve,” Kwiatkowski said. “It’s the difference we make in the lives of those who’ve sworn to make the same sacrifices as you.”

Kwiatkowski spoke at an all-call last month on several topics pertinent to the Air Force at all levels, emphasizing the importance of Air Force culture and ensuring we create one that sets Airmen up for success.

“We must get people to think about human dignity and respect to inspire a movement, a new way of thinking,” said Kwiatkowski. “But it starts right here, with treating others like they’re the most important person on the planet. When Airmen start treating each other like this, you’ll see magic happen.”

Kwiatkowski’s vision for mission success depends upon the passion of Airmen.

“There is no denying the level of passion among the members of our team,” he said. “We have phenomenal Airmen across every function of the 56th Fighter Wing who are passionate about who they are, about the specialized services they provide for our nation and about the future of our Air Force.  To sustain this passion, we simply have to be honest with them.”

Continuing to fuel this passion and providing the tools Airmen need for success will ensure the mission at Luke remains strong throughout the years, Kwiatkowski said.

“My vision for Luke Air Force Base is to guarantee the success of our mission of training the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots as one team, united in purpose, and the belief of a better future for our Air Force.”

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