HomeNewsArticle Display

Chief McKinley visits Airmen in San Antonio

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley congratulates Senior Airman Brian Ferguson on his promotion to staff sergeant during his visit to the Air Force News Agency in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 5. Airman Ferguson was deployed during the testing cycle and tested out of cycle earlier this month.  The Air Force News Agency photojournalist received his promotion under the supplemental selection board. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley congratulates Senior Airman Brian Ferguson on his promotion to staff sergeant during his visit to the Air Force News Agency in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 5. Airman Ferguson was deployed during the testing cycle and tested out of cycle earlier this month. The Air Force News Agency photojournalist received his promotion under the supplemental selection board. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley reviews an Airman magazine during his visit to the Air Force News Agency in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley reviews an Airman magazine during his visit to the Air Force News Agency in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons)

Staff Sgt. Matt Bates shows Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley how to operate a remote satellite system during his visit to the Air Force News Agency in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons)

Staff Sgt. Matt Bates shows Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley how to operate a remote satellite system during his visit to the Air Force News Agency in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 5. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons)

SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley learned about the Air Force News Agency's capabilities during a visit Dec. 5 here.

Agency Airmen showed the chief how their media products help tell the global Air Force story.

He also learned how agency products help support the strategic communications needs of Air Force leaders.

The chief said the news agency's mission is absolutely vital to the Air Force.

"The Air Force News Agency is critical to getting the Air Force message out there and making sure that we strategically communicate the right message of our Air Force," the chief said.

The chief met with the Airmen -- writers, photojournalists and broadcasters -- who travel around the world to gather Air Force news. He also visited the sections where the agency produces Air Force Print News, Air Force Radio and Television News, Web products and Army and Air Force Hometown News Service.

While talking with the news crews, the chief presented one of his coins and new staff sergeant stripes to Senior Airman Brian Ferguson, a photojournalist. He made the promotion under the supplemental selection board.

"It was very unexpected," Airman Ferguson said. "Not many people can say they've been promoted to staff sergeant by the chief master sergeant of the Air Force. It was great."

During his one-hour visit, Chief McKinley also wanted to hear the concerns Airmen and other agency workers had.

"I just want people to see me as a man who takes care of Airmen," he said.

While in the Alamo City, the chief will visit the Security Forces Center at Lackland Air Force Base. He will also visit the Air Force Personnel Center to take part in the Air Force combat action badge review board.

"We're trying to figure out if it should be a badge or a medal and what the criteria is to get it," the chief said. "We do know we want to recognize our Airmen who are in combat."

The group will provide a recommendation to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley.

Next week, the chief will take a whirlwind tour of four U.S. Southern Command bases.

Comment on this story (include name, location, and rank if applicable)

Engage

Twitter
Pentagon staff applaud @cmsaf_official as he exits the Pentagon for the last time as Chief Master Sgt. of the Air… https://t.co/c9RXsc3lAO
Twitter
Join us for the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force transition ceremony LIVE from @Andrews_JBA on Aug 14 at 9:30AM E… https://t.co/GfPIHkx0zn
Twitter
An @EdwardsAFB B-52H Stratofortress completed a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Respon… https://t.co/HxxgE2In8C
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Just arrived to @NellisAFB to see RED FLAG, the #USAF Weapons School, and more. Because it has the best #Airmen and trai…
Twitter
“It’s no overstatement to say that brilliant ideas combined with trailblazing Airmen makes today’s Air Force the mo… https://t.co/qsDWN2Den5
Twitter
An F-22 Raptor aircraft assigned to the 3rd Wing approaches for landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during R… https://t.co/EMKHnjC6p0
Twitter
A C-130H from the 302nd Airlift Wing, equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, flies over fires near… https://t.co/9BPVXNFual
Twitter
Roam Robotics developed a lightweight & inexpensive knee exoskeleton for applications in the health, military & rec… https://t.co/7klpyEaYG1
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: |RESOLUTE PARTNERSHIPS| On Aug. 6, 2020, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and @AirMobilityCmd units were called to action to p…
Twitter
A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord flies over the Seattle skyline after completing a training exe… https://t.co/4IodNs1bId
Twitter
#DYK The T-33A Shooting Star at Moody AFB's air park was developed from the single-seat F-80 fighter by lengthening… https://t.co/XXY3pAHDzu
Twitter
A C-17 Globemaster III returns to @TeamCharleston after evacuating to Ellsworth AFB. Ellsworth has a support agree… https://t.co/vtHhp1ETVC
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: #OTD in 1949, the DOD was formed, unifying the military under the secretary of defense. Our thanks to everyone who serve…
Twitter
Starting off the week with some air power! . An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Wing takes off from Joint Base Elme… https://t.co/cjvCe6fSOk
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: “We need out-of-the-box thinkers to succeed in our mission of developing the base of the future,” said Brig. Gen. Patrice Mel…
Twitter
“With accelerating disruptive technologies...rewriting Air Power for all nations, not just the U.S., continuing our… https://t.co/WDD6LsQGkr
Twitter
#Resilience: The story of the Peck family’s and their battle with breast cancer. #TotalForce @ScottAFB https://t.co/PYGgSOQwcu
Twitter
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: Maintaining resiliency in paradise - https://t.co/IXktGzGgWc (Story by the @624RSG) #ReserveResilient https://t.co/ta8mMTP…
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
1,265,959
Follow Us