4/19/2011 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md
-- The Air National Guard's highest ranking enlisted person
emphasized the contributions of National Guard Airmen in shaping the foundation
of the United States during his visit to the 113th Wing, District of Columbia
Air National Guard, April 17, 2011.
Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, Air
National Guard Command Chief was invited to talk with enlisted members in an
informal town hall meeting during which he encouraged Airman to tell their
story and the importance of telling their story.
"Are you telling your story?" Command
Chief Muncy asked the group "Are you telling them who you are as an Air
Guardsman, because that is the only way they are going to know who you
Command Chief Muncy said as budgets throughout the
Air Force continue to shrink, educating the total force about the importance of
the Air Guard's role continues to shrink proportionately.
As one example, he cited the Air Guard-specific
instruction at the Air Force Senior NCO Academy. During the 18-week
instruction, only one hour is devoted to telling the Air National Guard story.
The Air Force recently proposed cutting the hour-long session out of their NCOA
completely, he said.
He believes this de-emphasis on the importance of
Air Guard missions continue to perpetuate misconceptions about the Air National
Command Chief Muncy said, "In D.C., how are
Congressional members going to know that this is the money we need, this is the
equipment we need, how do they know ... by you telling your story."
"We have an identity crisis people need to
know who we are. It is a budget fight and it is escalating, and is now
trickling down to defense," he added.
After the town hall meeting the Command Chief had
the opportunity to visit Airmen working in their shops and to talk with senior
leadership. He visited the air sovereignty mission, the bomb-dump maintenance
hangar, and the 201st Airlift Squadron where he toured one of the units C-40
a lunch with junior enlisted award winners Command Chief Muncy again stressed
the needs for the troops to tell their story but added, "Our biggest
strength is our airman I enjoy coming out to the units getting to talk to them,
getting to hear their story, hear their needs, see what they are doing and to
see how proud they are of their mission."