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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James Cody addresses the Airmen of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., at an all call event July 12, 2013. Airmen were able to ask questions regarding the topics foremost on their minds and the event was also streaming live to those deployed to the missile complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks to Airmen at an all call event July 12, 2013, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Airmen were able to ask questions regarding the topics foremost on their minds and the event was also streaming live to those deployed to the missile complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James Cody speaks at an all call for Airmen from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 12, 2013. Cody touched on the topics of financial aid, the future of the enlisted performance report system and the importance of the wingman concept as it applies to the daily lives of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks to Airmen at an all call event July 12, 2013, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Cody touched on the topics of financial aid, the future of the enlisted performance report system and the importance of the wingman concept as it applies to the daily lives of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Athena Cody, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James Cody enjoys a meal with the Key Spouses and Enlisted Spouses groups at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 12, 2013. Mrs. Cody toured a variety of base facilities during her visit and took note of the issues faced by spouses and their families on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Athena Cody joins members of the Key Spouses and Enlisted Spouses groups for a meal July 12, 2013, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Mrs. Cody is the spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody, and toured a variety of base facilities during her visit while taking note of the issues faced by spouses and their families here on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Athena Cody, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James Cody, speaks with the Key Spouses and Enlisted Spouses groups at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 12, 2013. Mrs. Cody talked with members of both groups about possible methods of increasing membership and also getting necessary assistance to spouses of military personnel who are new to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Athena Cody, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody, speaks with the Key Spouses and Enlisted Spouses groups July 12, 2013, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Mrs. Cody talked with members of both groups about possible methods of increasing membership and also getting necessary assistance to spouses of military personnel who are new to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Athena Cody, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody, tours the first sergeants pantry at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 12, 2013. The first sergeants pantry is a base initiative to get food supplies to families most in need. The group sponsors a yearly turkey give away on thanks giving as well as partnering with a variety of other charitable organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

Athena Cody, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody, tours the first sergeants' pantry at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 12, 2013. The first sergeants' pantry is a base initiative to get food supplies to families most in need. The group sponsors an annual turkey give away on thanks giving and partners with a variety of other charitable organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephanie Ashley)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody heard directly from the enlisted force about issues important to them during two Airmen's calls here July 12.

In discussing his vision for the Air Force, the chief said with the tough fiscal road ahead, the force is on the cusp of some dramatic changes to its structure and size.

"Our nation has spoken," Cody said regarding the financial resources allocated to the military by Congress earlier this year. "We are going to be a smaller Air Force."

Changing the way the force conducts its operations is inevitable in this climate, he said.

Early retirements, a robust change in program structures and Palace Chase were on the long list of options Air Force leaders are using to reduce the impact of sequestration on the mission.

However, he stated his first priority was to retain quality Airmen.

"I owe it to support any Airman who has given their best to uphold our standards," Cody said.

As the force grows slimmer, Cody said, everyone must pitch in, do their part and do what they signed up for: serve their country.

"It's all about service," Cody said. "With service is going to come sacrifice and when our nation calls upon us, we are going to have to make those sacrifices."

Cody said Airmen will have to make do with the resources available and be innovative stewards with available dollars. When the time comes for Airmen to fill roles or execute duties asked of them, they must be up to the task.

With whatever capabilities the Air Force maintains, however, he noted it would continue to be the best in the world.

Another topic the chief raised at his briefing was the issue of sexual assault.

He asked for a commitment to help with this problem and said it all begins with the trust and respect that Airmen should have for one another. To any of those who perpetuate the problem, he said the Air Force would hold them accountable.

"All Airmen should be outraged that this happens in our Air Force," said Cody. "It should not define our military."

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