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Aiming High: Barksdale Hosts 2017 SNCO Induction Ceremony

Uniforms from different eras are displayed with master sergeant Stripes during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The uniform display included a current service dress uniform, an out of service Battle Dress Uniform and a flight suit.

Uniforms from different eras are displayed with master sergeant Stripes during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The uniform display included a current service dress uniform, an out of service Battle Dress Uniform and a flight suit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

A program of events is displayed on a table during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The event consisted of a social hour, formal introduction of inductees and their guests and a guest speaker.

A program of events is displayed on a table during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The event consisted of a social hour, formal introduction of inductees and their guests and a guest speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Barksdale master sergeants perform a saber arch during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The saber team consisted of six members, all master sergeants keeping up with the theme of the event.

Barksdale master sergeants perform a saber arch during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The saber team consisted of six members, all master sergeants keeping up with the theme of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Tech Sgt. Randy Moorhouse, 2nd Logistics and Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations NCO in charge, poses for a photo after crossing a saber arch during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. Moorhouse was one of 70 inductees honored during the ceremony, each inductee was introduced as they crossed the saber arch.

Tech Sgt. Randy Moorhouse, 2nd Logistics and Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations NCO in charge, poses for a photo after crossing a saber arch during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. Moorhouse was one of 70 inductees honored during the ceremony, each inductee was introduced as they crossed the saber arch. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Chief Master Sgt. William Cisna, 2nd Medical Group superintendent, speaks to attendees during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. Cisna spoke about the heritage and tradition of the master sergeant rank while also providing inductees with advice on how to excel as senior noncommissioned officers.

Chief Master Sgt. William Cisna, 2nd Medical Group superintendent, speaks to attendees during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. Cisna spoke about the heritage and tradition of the master sergeant rank while also providing inductees with advice on how to excel as senior noncommissioned officers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Personalized framed mementos are displayed during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The frames included a promotion certificate and personalized coins and master sergeant stripes displaying each inductee's individual line number for promotion.

Personalized framed mementos are displayed during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The frames included a promotion certificate and personalized coins and master sergeant stripes displaying each inductee's individual line number for promotion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Attendees pose for a group photo during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The ceremony was open to family members, co-workers, and leadership, including the inductees the event brought in over 300 guests.

Attendees pose for a group photo during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. The ceremony was open to family members, co-workers, and leadership, including the inductees the event brought in over 300 guests. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Col. Robert Makros, 2nd Bomb Wing vice commander, speaks to attendees during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. Makros spoke to inductees about leadership and the balance between taking their families and their Airmen.

Col. Robert Makros, 2nd Bomb Wing vice commander, speaks to attendees during the 2017 Senior NCO induction ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 18. Makros spoke to inductees about leadership and the balance between taking their families and their Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Barksdale Air Force Base, La. -- Eight years after the U.S. Air Force was created, master sergeants began the transition into the SNCO tier. This new rank charged them with the responsibility to lead the enlisted force in the employment of air power in support of U.S. national security objectives.

Seventy of Barksdale’s Airmen transitioned Aug. 18, with the Senior NCO induction ceremony, an Air Force tradition recognizing their achievement.

“The meaning behind the ceremony is very important for me personally,” said Tech. Sgt. Randy Moorhouse, 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations NCO in charge. “I’ve worked long and hard to be able to call myself a master sergeant. Being there meant joining the Senior NCO tier and that’s something I’ve worked for my whole career.”

One-by-one, inductees marched through an arch of sabers, their flawless uniforms representing their professionalism and dedication to the enlisted Air Force.

“I was extremely nervous walking under that saber arch,” Moorhouse said. “It was a feeling hard to describe, knowing that you achieved what for some people is their career goal.”

Supported by family, friends and leadership, inductees took their first steps towards a new level.

“That moment was our steppingstone into the senior NCO tier, it was special. I felt honored and privileged just to be a part of it,” Moorhouse said.

As the saber arch exits, the master of ceremonies invites the guest speaker up to the podium.

“I advise you to take care of your Airmen and yourselves,” said Chief Master Sgt. William Cisna, 2nd Medical Group superintendent. “You need to know what makes your Airmen tick and how you can support them in reaching their goals. You must be approachable and you must demonstrate a sincere concern for helping them.”

As the crowd remained silent Cisna directs his speech to the inductees.

“A master sergeant does not become disgruntled,” Cisna said. “They address issues and make changes. A master sergeant does not accept the status quo if it does not seem right, they tackle it head on. A master sergeant does not do the minimum, they excel.”

Following the speaker’s remarks, inductees were called to stage to receive their promotion certificates and a coin, showcasing their promotion line numbers.

“This was the first event I had attended that was geared toward me,” Moorhouse said. “It was special, it was first class, I’m extremely honored all those people who came out to support us as we entered into the Senior NCO tier.”