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CSAF announces CMSAF #18

USAFE-AFAFRICA Command Chief Kaleth Wright

USAFE-AFAFRICA Command Chief Kaleth Wright

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James speaks during the announcement of the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein named Kaleth O. Wright as the Air Force’s next senior enlisted Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James speaks during the announcement of the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein named Kaleth O. Wright as the Air Force’s next senior enlisted Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright  stands after being named the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. As the CMSAF, Wright will represent the highest enlisted level of leadership, and serve as personal adviser to the Air Force’s Secretary and Chief of Staff on enlisted issues. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright stands after being named the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. As the CMSAF, Wright will represent the highest enlisted level of leadership, and serve as personal adviser to the Air Force’s Secretary and Chief of Staff on enlisted issues. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein announces Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright as the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. Wright will replace current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody as the Air Force’s senior enlisted member after Cody retires in early 2017.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein announces Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright as the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. Wright will replace current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody as the Air Force’s senior enlisted member after Cody retires in early 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright greets Airmen after being named the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. As the CMSAF, Wright will represent the highest enlisted level of leadership, and serve as personal adviser to the Air Force’s Secretary and Chief of Staff on enlisted issues. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright greets Airmen after being named the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. As the CMSAF, Wright will represent the highest enlisted level of leadership, and serve as personal adviser to the Air Force’s Secretary and Chief of Staff on enlisted issues. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright, left, stands with wife, Tonya, after being named the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. As the CMSAF, Wright will represent the highest enlisted level of leadership, and serve as personal adviser to the Air ForceÕs Secretary and Chief of Staff on enlisted issues. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright, left, stands with wife, Tonya, after being named the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. As the CMSAF, Wright will represent the highest enlisted level of leadership, and serve as personal adviser to the Air ForceÕs Secretary and Chief of Staff on enlisted issues. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody sits with wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, after Air Force senior leaders announced Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright  as the 18th CMSAF at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody sits with wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, after Air Force senior leaders announced Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright as the 18th CMSAF at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James speaks during the announcement of the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein named Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright as the Air Force’s next senior enlisted Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James speaks during the announcement of the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon Nov. 16, 2016. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein named Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright as the Air Force’s next senior enlisted Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein named Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright to serve as the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Nov. 16, 2016.

Wright will assume his new position in February, following the retirement of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. Cody’s retirement culminates more than 32 years of service to the Air Force.

“Chief Wright is absolutely the right choice as Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #18 for our Air Force,” Goldfein said. “He has experience in squadrons and major commands and in the deployed environment. He served in key leadership positions all along the way, leading our Airmen in almost every region of the world. I am positive he and Tonya will continue to serve tirelessly for our enlisted force as advocates for our Airmen and families. Dawn and I are excited to have them join our team.”

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James echoed Goldfein's words and reflected on Cody’s time as Chief Master Sergeant. of the Air Force.

“It was an absolute honor to serve with Chief Cody and Athena. They have shown a remarkable commitment and dedication to taking care of Airmen and their families," James said. "Chief Cody’s steadfast leadership in continuing to develop the enlisted force and fighting for our Airmen has been unrivaled. Over the past four years, he has made monumental changes which will continue to positively impact our enlisted force for years to come. I wish him and Athena the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”

Wright joined the Air Force in 1989, and is currently the command chief master sergeant for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. His career includes various assignments in the dental career field and as the command chief master sergeant, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas; 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, Kabul; and 3rd Air Force and 17th Air Expeditionary Air Force, Ramstein AB.

The office of the chief master sergeant of the Air Force represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, provides direction for the enlisted corps and represents their interests to the American public and all levels of government. The CMSAF serves as a personal advisor to the Air Force Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, proper utilization, and progress of the enlisted force and their families.