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Aiming High: Barksdale Hosts 2017 SNCO Induction Ceremony

By Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

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.”