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MacDill's newest SNCOs join exclusive fraternity

by Airman 1st Class Jose Climaco
Thunderbolt staff writer
Photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Climaco

The newest crop of SNCOs swear in with pride and join the prestigious Top III SCNCO Corps.

A promotion ceremony and banquet took place at MacDill last week, but it was far from routine. The event represented the pinnacle of the enlisted career and marked a change in status, which includes more managerial responsibility, said Senior Master Sgt. Michael Bottoms, 6th Communications Squadron superintendent of support flight, chairman of the event.

The second annual Senior Noncommisioned Officer Induction Banquet to welcome MacDill's newest master sergeant selects into the SNCO tier and MacDill's Top III was held at the Surf's Edge Enlisted Club July 23.

Spouses, family, friends, 6th Air Mobility Wing personnel and mission partners attended the prestigious event, which was hosted by MacDill's Top III and the Chief's Group to culminate a four-day symposium.

Inductees in attendance walked through a saber team, swore in and received a certificate. Camaraderie is a big part of the event. Hopefully, it will become a tradition for years, Sergeant Bottoms added.

Former Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force Paul Airey and Sam Parish were guest speakers. They addressed leadership in times of change, the theme of the night.

Chief Airey emphasized that leadership shouldn't be "do as I say," rather "do as I do." "Leadership is the name of the game. It feels good to know I walked in your shoes. I'm extremely proud to be one of you," he added.

Chief Parish urged the new SNCOs to "be proud" and "stand tall."

Events like this don't just happen. They're made possible by the support of families and friends, said Col. Donald Halpin, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, as he thanked those people in attendance. He passed along congratulations from Brig. Gen. David "Tanker" Snyder.

The Enlisted Club was filled with more than 350 people to celebrate a promotion rich in tradition and has tremendous significance.

 

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