HomeNewsArticle Display

Chief McKinley returns 'home' to Tinker

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley answers questions during an enlisted call with Airmen at Tinker’s base theater. (Photo by Margo Wright)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley answers questions during an enlisted call with Airmen Dec. 13 at the base theater at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Margo Wright)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFPN) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley returned to his old stomping grounds here Dec. 13 and, in the process, took a stroll down memory lane.

The chief, a former first sergeant at Tinker AFB from the mid '90s to July 2000, was on leave to visit family members in the area and to attend a retirement ceremony for Chief Master Sgt. Tim Ossinger.

"I'm proud to be an Airman and I'm proud to be home and this is home," Chief McKinley told a standing room only crowd at the base theater. "Tinker holds fond memories for me. It was here that I made senior and chief (master sergeant)."

Chief McKinley said he met Chief Ossinger during their days as first sergeants and was happy when he became the command chief master sergeant here.

"There was no way I was going to be in town and not attend his retirement ceremony," Chief McKinley said.

During his visit, the chief dropped in on the 3rd Combat Communications Group and the 552nd Air Control Wing, where he served as a first sergeant for the 3rd Herd, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, 552nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron and 552nd Aircraft Generation Squadron.

"The Eyes of the Eagle (Airborne Warning and Control System) mission is absolutely critical to our national defense," the chief said. "So are the 3rd Herd and the (Oklahoma City) Air Logistics Center. Tinker is comprised of many organizations critical to the success of the Air Force."

Chief McKinley also had breakfast with some Tinker Airmen, attended a luncheon with chief master sergeants and first sergeants, and held an enlisted call with Airmen at the base theater. During the enlisted call, Chief McKinley talked about three priorities for the Air Force; winning the war on terrorism, developing and caring for Airmen and their families, and recapitalization and modernization.

To win the war on terrorism, the chief said, "We must make sure we're equipped for the long haul." He said this nation must continue to take the fight to the enemy, and added "we want to make this an away game and not a home game."

Chief McKinley said developing Airmen begins in basic training with establishing a warrior ethos. He said caring for Airmen and their families will remain an Air Force priority.

"Our quality of life will continue to be a great recruiting and retention tool for our Air Force," the chief said.

On the issue of recapitalization and modernization, Chief McKinley said, "Nobody drives a 25-year-old car, but we're out there fighting and trying to win a war with aircraft that average 25 years old.

"Some of our airframes are over 50 years old," he said. "We must take steps today to modernize our Air Force to ensure we are ready to meet tomorrow's threats."

The chief also talked about improving communication and getting back to basics with weekly Roll Calls to "let Airmen know what's going on in our force and how it will affect them."

"We want all Airmen to be getting the same information across our Air Force," he said. "Having a meeting in work sections at least once a week to discuss the current Roll Call message is a great start. We need to get out from behind our desks, have face-to-face interaction and quit practicing leadership by e-mail."

The two things he said that keep him up at night are suicides and sexual assaults.

"It's very disappointing to me to know we still have sexual assaults happening in our military," the chief said. "Airmen should never have to be afraid of other Airmen."

To help reduce the number of suicides, Chief McKinley stressed getting to know your fellow Airmen and being a good wingman. At the end of the day, he said, it's about always looking out for one another.

The chief also talked about the Airman Battle Uniform, the new service dress uniform, enlisted and officer evaluation reports and the Air Force decorations process, among others.

The bottom line, Chief McKinley said, is to make Air Force systems run more effectively and efficiently so Airmen can focus on their mission of meeting the Air
Force's No. 1 priority - winning the war on terrorism.

"Last week, I was in South America," he said. "This week, I'm at Tinker. But, no matter where I go, the Airmen always impress me. They're absolutely the best there is and we want to continue to give them the tools they need to do their jobs."

Comment on this story (comments may be published on Air Force Link)

Click here to view the comments/letters page

Engage

Twitter
.@LRAFB recently received a brand new C-130J Super Hercules, marking the last C-130J delivery for the 19th Airlift… https://t.co/aebjDLaLiT
Twitter
An F-16 Fighting Falcon flies above the Gulf of Mexico en route to South Carolina. The jet is a compact, highly man… https://t.co/YZhs930LMG
Twitter
.@HiAirGuard Amn & Soldiers were airlifted from neighboring islands & back to Oahu, after assisting state authoriti… https://t.co/kuHakmkG4e
Twitter
Airmen from the 26th Operational Weather Squadron @TeamBarksdale complete their mission of developing and communica… https://t.co/3YTE1qItnE
Twitter
Staff Sgt. Gentry Shelby, @127Wing, provides aircraft maintenance to the A-10 Thunderbolt II amid the #COVID19 pand… https://t.co/TpmjrW356G
Twitter
An F-16 Fighting Falcon an F-35A Lightning II from @EielsonAirForce & an F-35A from @HAFB, fly over Fairbanks, Alas… https://t.co/YjbJd55EhV
Twitter
RT @USAFHealth: WELCOME HOME HEROES! Medical personnel from the 315th Aerospace Medicine Squadron return home after a month supporting the…
Twitter
Twitter
Twitter
The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team trained using an F6 Alpha EOD robot to disarm a… https://t.co/6zwlp7MQOD
Twitter
In this episode of Inside AFIMSC, - Maj Gen Wilcox holds the center’s first virtual Commander’s Call, - Alpha Warr… https://t.co/BAmtJQX9Ua
Twitter
RT @HQAirUniversity: In our forth video of a 5-part series, AU's Director of Strategic Leadership Communication, discusses his 4 C’s of lea…
Twitter
RT @NASA: Docking confirmed! @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug officially docked to the @Space_Station at 10:16am ET: https://t.co/hCM4UvbwjR
Twitter
RT @NASA_TDRS: Dragon has docked! Crewed Dragon, with @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug on board, are connected to @Space_Station, with @NASA’s…
Twitter
Rise and shine! A KC-46 Pegasus at Altus AFB as the 97th Air Mobility Wing prepares to conduct a severe weather e… https://t.co/QBT5nuXMqx
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: An amazing story of resilience & grit sure to inspire you! Airman Shannon Busch triumphed over incredible odds to graduate…
Twitter
.@HQAirUniversity's Holm Center Chaplain's thoughts on distance. #ReadyAF #COVID19 #Resilient https://t.co/svDFNqIqNX
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,231,188
Follow Us