CMSAF spends day with AFPC Airmen

Airman 1st Class Lillian Thompsett, a personnelist at the Air Force Personnel Center here, greets Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley outside the Randolph Air Force Base theater. The chief attended AFPC's commander's call and spent the day visiting with Airmen and civilians from AFPC. (US Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kat Bailey)

Airman 1st Class Lillian Thompsett, a personnelist at the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, greets Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley outside the base theater. The chief attended AFPC's commander's call and spent the day visiting with Airmen and civilians from AFPC. (US Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kat Bailey)

Tech. Sgt. Reginald D. Frazier and Master Sgt. John P. Draven brief Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinely May 29 on AEF 7-day ops during his visit to the Air Force Personnel Center here at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (US Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kat Bailey)

Tech. Sgt. Reginald D. Frazier and Master Sgt. John P. Draven brief Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinely May 29 on AEF 7-day ops during his visit to the Air Force Personnel Center here at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (US Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kat Bailey)

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley visited the Airmen of the Air Force Personnel Center here May 29.

Chief McKinley and other board members were in town holding the boards that select the next Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen and First Sergeant of the Year. During his visit to AFPC, the chief talked with people from the center's seven directorates, had lunch at the dining facility, and was invited by Maj. Gen. K.C. McClain, AFPC's commander, to speak at her two commander's calls.

The chief thanked all the Airmen for serving our Air Force, for the important jobs they do, and how every job is important to the success of our Air Force.

"You need to do your job right and to the best of your ability each and every day. Whatever job the Air Force gives you, just to do the very best that you possibly can," he said.

Airman 1st Class Lillian Thompsett of AFPC's separations branch said of the chief's speech, "Having a Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force who believes everyone's job is important and has a purpose is very refreshing for a young Airman, especially being a personnelist."

The chief also stressed that much of taking care of our Airmen does not cost anything, it is free; it is about leadership.

"I encourage all supervisors to mentor their Airmen and let them know when they're doing a good job," he said. "I also know we all want to be nice, but leadership and caring about your Airmen is also not hesitating to take corrective action and get an Airman back on the right path. Caring is also about doing what is right for your Airmen, even when that is the more difficult thing to do."