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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody discusses why deliberately developing Airmen is more important than ever at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody said training, education and experience are required to effectively develop Airmen. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody discusses why deliberately developing Airmen is more important than ever at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody said training, education and experience are required to effectively develop Airmen. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody presents his enlisted perspective on developing Airmen at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody said creating a healthy work-life balance by encouraging ways to relieve stress and connect with each other is going to ensure the Air Force retains quality Airmen. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody presents his enlisted perspective on developing Airmen at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody said creating a healthy work-life balance by encouraging ways to relieve stress and connect with each other is going to ensure the Air Force retains quality Airmen. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody presents his enlisted perspective on developing Airmen at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody touched on the importance of face to face communication and resiliency. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody presents his enlisted perspective on developing Airmen at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody touched on the importance of face to face communication and resiliency. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody discusses Airmen development during his “Enlisted Perspective” speech at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody cited examples of Airmen who display the tenacity and dedication required to persevere through the fight. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody discusses Airmen development during his “Enlisted Perspective” speech at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody cited examples of Airmen who display the tenacity and dedication required to persevere through the fight. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the Air Force enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) --

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody discussed why the strength of the Air Force lies in its Airmen at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here today.
 
Cody presented his enlisted perspective on the final day of the three-day, 55-session conference covering various topics pertaining to the total force.
 
“This is what I like to talk about –- our Airmen,” Cody said. 
 
Cody cited examples of Airmen who display the tenacity and dedication required to persevere through the fight, among them Staff Sgt. Justin Lassiter, a maintainer from Kadena Air Base, Japan, who showed Cody how the Air Force is blending a blade on an aircraft to save money.
 
The chief emphasized that while Airmen around the world today are “winning the fight,” the need remains to assist them and their families in finding a healthy work-life balance.
 
“It comes down to this face-to-face communication we truly have to have,” Cody said. “We need to connect as Airmen, and we can only do that when we sit across the room from each other and really talk about what’s going on.”
 
Creating a healthy work-life balance by encouraging ways to relieve stress and connect with each other is going to ensure the Air Force retains the quality Airmen it has today, according to the chief.
 
“This is how we are going to continue to care for our Airmen, because we will know our Airmen,” Cody said. “That is why we are going to win the fight every single day.”

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