New chief master sergeants to be inducted
Welcome to the club.
About 80 men and women in Pacific Air Forces will join the top 1 percent of the service’s enlisted ranks this year: chief master sergeant.
PACAF bases are honoring the selectees with chief induction ceremonies. They’ll take place Saturday at Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
“It’s a chance for the entire base to honor them for this great achievement,” said Senior Master Sgt. Gordon Van Vleet, a Yokota spokesman.
As airmen move up the ranks, they make the transition from working on aircraft, for example, to managing people.
The Chief Master Sergeant Evaluation Board selected 561 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief after convening in October. The board considered 2,815 senior master sergeants, selecting 19.93 percent — about 7 percent above the minimum promotion rate objective of 13 percent. Last year’s selection rate was 22.06 percent, according to the Air Force Personnel Center.
Twelve senior master sergeants also were selected in December and January for supplemental promotions. They either were not considered during the initial selection or were considered but had changes to their promotion package.
Times and places for upcoming PACAF induction ceremonies:
• Yokota Air Base: Saturday, 8 p.m., the Enlisted Club.
• Andersen Air Force Base: Saturday, 6 p.m., Top of the Rock Consolidated Club.
• Kadena Air Base: Feb. 15, 6 p.m., NCO Club; by invitation only, due to limited seating.
• Misawa Air Base held an induction ceremony Friday; and Kunsan and Osan air bases in South Korea conducted a joint ceremony Jan. 17.
— Tim Flack and Wayne Specht contributed to this story.