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Air National Guard command chief urges airmen to 'tell their story'

Posted 4/15/2012   Updated 1/22/2013 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Victoria Greenia
158th Fighter Wing

4/15/2012 - SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Guard Christopher E. Muncy, the highest enlisted airman in the Air National Guard, visited the VTANG, April 14-15. As command chief, he oversees the well-being, moral, and assets of the Air National Guard.

Saturday he addressed all officers and senior non-commissioned officers at the Sheraton in Burlington. His message to the group: to guide the future force. Sunday, in Hangar 3 on base, Muncy addressed the future flight and all enlisted members.

It must be said, the man has style and knows how to instantly gain the attention of a military audience; first he invited everyone attending to sit down while he spoke. For the next hour he addressed common issues singular to the National Guard.

"Nobody knows who you are," he said, touching on what may be one of the most sensitive subjects for an Air National Guardsman. "To most of the public you're wearing an army uniform and you're telling them you're an airman. And then you're an airman, and you don't fly a plane!"

Tell your story, he urged the Vermont Guardsmen. Talk to everyone; educate people who are willing to listen about the difference between the Army mission and Air Force mission. People just haven't heard of the Air Guard and just don't know.

He then urged VTANG guardsmen to use the Community College of the Air Force. Out of all the service members, he said, an air national guardsman is the least likely to have a college degree.
Muncy congratulated our senior NCOs for excelling at the demanding job they do for the Air Guard. It's not chiefs or colonels who run the missions, he said, it's the NCOs.

The command chief also talked about the economy and the changes in the military that are bound to come. "You're never going to be rich doing this, except in here," he said, touching over his heart, "You are sacrificing for a nation and a state."

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