2/23/2011 - 2/13/2011 -- The
D.C. Air National Guard promoted three
its members to the rank ofchief master sergeant at Joint Base Andrews
their February Unit Training Assembly.
Master Sgts. Louis R. Keeler, Kevin W. Kling and James T. Mathews, of
113 Maintenance Squadrons, were officially promoted to chief master
in a single ceremony in the 113th Maintenance Group hangar. The
ceremony was attended by about 120 D.C. Air Guard members and
they bring more than seventy years of experience with them,
fact that the three of us, who have worked together before, all made
at the same time is significant," said Chief Mathews. "Standing
on stage, we are able to demonstrate a united enlisted leadership
that speaks with one voice and one commitment: to advance the mission
goals of the 113th Maintenance Group."
Kling was pinned by his two children, 2nd Lt. Adam Kling and Airman
Class Jenna Kling. Later during the ceremony Chief Kling presented Lt
with his first Chief's coin. Chief Kling, joined the DCANG in 2000 as
member of the Aerospace Ground Equipment shop. Between his active duty and
time, Chief Kling has more than 25 years of military service.
have really enjoyed my military career," said Chief Kling. "I never
I would have stayed in for so many years, let alone achieve the rank
chief master sergeant. I have enjoyed working with the folks throughout
DCANG and I feel that our unit really came together during/after our
for deployment in 2003."
Keeler, 113 Equipment Maintenance Flight Superintendent, was pinned by
two sons Jonathon and Zachary, he also recognized his wife's sacrifice
he was deployed.
the ceremony Lt. Col. Marshall S. Glasser, 113MXS Commander described
three Chiefs as the embodiment of the Air Force's Core Values and
their contributions to the unit, and the DCANG.
promoted to chief master sergeant is no easy feat, and is the
of any enlisted career," said Lt. Col. Glasser. "Only two percent
the enlisted force ever makes it to this rank."
Wing's current chiefs were all present to offer support and
to the three new chiefs. There was the ceremonial lighting of
candles, where a candle was lit to symbolize each promotee's rank
The candles were then extinguished, in the order they were lit,
the one candle: that of the chief master sergeant.
my family and my civilian employers at the event was uplifting to
the least," Chief Mathews added. "As traditional guardsmen, we are
just 'gone' insofar as our families and civilian colleagues see it.
all they know, we're off sitting on a beach sipping Coronas. Having them
with all the jets as well as the troops and leadership gathered
in support, affords them the opportunity to see the context of our
duties and to better understand the importance and value of the