HomeNewsArticle Display

PACE to forge professional Airmen

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Forging professional Airmen was the focus of Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command, as he officiated a ceremony March 11, formally recognizing the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

The Air Force chief of staff’s program, PACE, is an initiative set forth in 2014 by then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, which focuses on military professionalism.

“The overriding purpose of PACE is to make our 695,000 Airmen better in execution of war fighting,” Rand said. “What we start today will become legendary for the Air Force.”

Officially activated and assigned to AETC on March 2, PACE is focused on studies, analysis and assessment for command strategic priorities associated with Airman professionalism. The center is driven by four professionalism goals: inspire a strong commitment to the profession of arms, promote the right mindset to enhance effectiveness and trust, foster relationships that strengthen an environment of trust, and enhance a culture of shared identity, dignity and respect.

“Our core values of integrity, service and excellence, and our mission of ‘fly, fight, and win,’ have to be connected,” Rand said. “That is what PACE will do.”

Rand passed the PACE guidon to Col. Jeffrey Smith, signifying his assumption of command as the PACE director. Smith went on to say that professionalism and leading Airmen is a calling.

“We need to lead our Airmen well,” Smith said. “We need to bring our people to a better state tomorrow than where we are today.”

The primary audience of PACE is Air Force leaders at all levels. The center produces a number of Web-accessible products to assist leadership in communicating with their Airmen through a variety of forums. Products such as videos can be used in larger, open forums while handouts can be shared in smaller, informal meetings or during one-on-one feedback sessions.

“The Air Force is our customer, and we are here for you,” Smith said. “I look forward to seeing what we can do together.”

PACE is driven and committed to its vision of developing Airmen who do the right thing, the right way and for the right reason.

“When their moment comes, and there will be a moment for every Airman when it is their time to do something that will change the world,” Rand said, “they will be ready.”

For more information and to access their Web products, visit the PACE website or engage with PACE through social media via their Twitter account at @ProfessionalAmn and their Facebook page.


Facebook Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Training and repetition is key to being #AlwaysReady Exercises like #SouthernStrike2020 allow our Airmen to work with tot…
Over 100 aircraft are flying over the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Federated States of Micr… https://t.co/XwsxbIXET9
RT @PACAF: Gen. CQ Brown Jr. met w/ allies & partners from across the Indo-Pacific & beyond @SGAirshow to showcase U.S. commitment & discus…
Good luck to all the drivers in today's #Daytona500, but we may be a bit biased on who we want to win it all.… https://t.co/PDLqBdl39X
Thanks for a great game @LAKings and @Avalanche. #ICYMI the @NHL Stadium series made a stop at the @AF_academy las… https://t.co/VyNsvpQM6o
RT @Creech_AFB: Singapore Airshow has been flying by (🥁-tss) meeting with international friends & partners! Repub. of Singapore Air Force…
Our own TSgt Nalani Quintello, vocalist with @USAFBand Max Impact, will perform the National Anthem prior to the 62… https://t.co/Asf5dTlXU8
RT @SecAFOfficial: Valuable hands-on experience @RAFMildenhall! Grateful to meet innovative #Airmen executing complex missions around the w…
RT @USAFCENT: COMBAT SEARCH AND RECOVERY | Recently USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters refueled over the Arabian Gulf from a U.S. Air Force…
RT @AETCommand: It takes a ton of people to ensure our aircraft get in the air so we can train @usairforce pilots to fly, fight & win! Che…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Humbled each day to serve in the same @usairforce Brig Gen Charles McGee paved the way for. He is a genuine #American
The @AFThunderbirds will be flying over ✈️ the #DAYTONA500 🏎️ this Sunday. https://t.co/iTN0qtu0e0
RT @USAFReserve: Beating Bad Weather: Command announces indoor alternative to physical fitness assessment - https://t.co/cP93Ijrbtw #Reserv
A U.S. Air Force AC-130J Ghostrider taxis on a flightline as a French Air Force C-130 lands at Alpena Combat Readin… https://t.co/hNTIhvJYvD
Don't miss the @NHL, @LAKings vs @Avalanche playing at the @AF_Academy this Saturday at 6 P.M. MST. Good luck to bo… https://t.co/KF9WqHlqaS
Happy Valentine's Day! https://t.co/ITdKRQ8Pm8
The first senior enlisted advisor for the U.S. Space Force has been named. Roger A. Towberman, welcome to the team! https://t.co/R8Fr98q4Jn
RT @AFGlobalStrike: Feb. has been a busy month for AFGSC, with a Bomber Task Force mission to the Indo-Pacific Theater & last week's unarme…
RT @AF_Academy: ❄️ Check out this timelapse of the @NHL transforming Falcon Stadium from football to an outdoor ice arena primed for Saturd…