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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Lindsey, 7th Bomb Wing command chief, leads physical training March 14, 2012, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Lindsey introduced himself to the Dyess airmen and stressed the importance of being fit to fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Stefanko/ Released)
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Meet the Chief

Posted 3/14/2012   Updated 3/14/2012 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Robert Hicks
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

3/14/2012 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- A new command chief recently took the reins here, armed for new challenges and eager to take care of Team Dyess.

Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Lindsey became the 7th Bomb Wing's command chief in January after serving as the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron Superintendent, Pope Field, N.C.

The chief's job is to maintain a liaison between the wing commander and enlisted force. He is the primary advisor to the commander on matters concerning the morale, welfare, training, professional development, career progression and the effective utilization of the base enlisted force.

Lindsey has been in the military for 23 years as a tactical air command and control specialist.

He is from New Orleans, La., and entered the Air Force in September 1988. His background includes diverse duties within the tactical air control party career field serving from team to corps levels including assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Special Forces, and special operations commands.

During his career he has earned master parachutist wings, military freefall jumpmaster wings, air assault wings, the pathfinder badge and the U.S. Army Ranger tab.

He has deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

Throughout his military career, he never imagined he would be a command chief, but now that he's here, he wants to leave a lasting impression on the Airmen.

"Being a command chief here rejuvenates me," Lindsey added. "At first I was a little hesitant because I didn't know what to expect, but I love interacting with the Airmen around the base and going to different groups and speaking with them."

The chief explained his short and long-term goals while stationed here.

"My short term goal is to be exposed to as many people as possible," he said. "I want people to see, speak and interact with me, so I can understand what goes on around the base."

"I would also like our Airmen to think outside the box. Before you say no or I can't, think about it and measure the rewards if you change that no to a yes or that can't to a can," he added.

"My long term goal is to plant positive seeds within our Airmen, NCOs and senior NCOs," Lindsey explained. "I want to be an example for everyone on base and have them take positive things from me and progress their career based on things they see me do."

Since being stationed at Dyess, the chief has noticed some minor things at the gym that could be changed.

"I understand the regulations say we can mix and match our physical training uniforms. But just from a professional standpoint, I would like to see us in all or nothing," Lindsey said. "By wearing the entire uniform, it shows our pride in not only the military, but in the Air Force."

Chief explained anyone can come to him for advice. He also cautioned that he would be honest, blunt and show integrity.

"Airmen motivate me to stay in the military," Lindsey said. "The more I interact with Airmen, the more excited I  get. As long as I can relate to Airmen and pass them my knowledge, I want to continue my career."

3/23/2012 9:20:32 PM ET
Way to go dad I am so excited to see all you have accomplished Your drive and determination gives me hope I love you god bless
Militarybrat09, United States
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