CMSAF visits Chief's Orientation Course highlighting readiness, people, culture

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  • By Senior Airman Rhonda Smith
  • Air University Public Affairs

The Air Force’s newest chief master sergeant-selects were invited to participate in the Chief’s Orientation Course on behalf of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass while at Gunter Annex, Maxwell Air Force Base, Feb.15-18. 
The event brings together all of the chief master sergeant-selects from around the globe, introduces the group to each other as a source to learn and lean on, and provides an opportunity for them to connect with Air Force senior leaders to help prepare them for life as a chief master sergeant. 
The orientation will focus on three areas: readiness, people and culture. 

• Readiness - stresses the shift to integrated deterrence with a focus on understanding China and Russia. 

• People - focuses on modernizing enlisted force development to retain Airmen and Guardians. 

• Culture - speaks to building a service that is inclusive and allows members to thrive.  

This year, 495 CMSgt-selects will hear remarks from Bass and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.

“Throughout my career there was a steady learning curve from Airman basic all the way to chief,” Bass said. “Once I made chief, that learning curve went into overdrive. It’s important to understand that who you are today pales in comparison to who you will be two years from now.” 

The goal of the orientation is for the selects to further develop a strategic mindset, have a greater knowledge base on the tools and resources available to be effective on command teams and to care for Airmen, and to build a lifetime connection with their chief master sergeant peers.