New top airman uniquely qualified to lead 440th Airlift Wing

By HENRY CUNINGHAM | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: March 10, 2013

The people picking the top enlisted airman for the Air Force Reserve's 440th Airlift Wing had a long list of qualifications.

The ideal person for command chief master sergeant would be selfless and have experience in leadership, the Army and special operations.

They found such a person in Chief Master Sgt. Rocky V. Hart.

On March 2, Hart replaced Jeffrey S. Roeder as the command chief master sergeant of the Air Force Reserve wing at Fort Bragg's Pope Field.

"He fit every one," said Brig. Gen. Norman Ham, commander of the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg's Pope Field.

The 440th Wing owns 16 C-130H Hercules cargo airplanes. The Air Force Reserve wing is on Fort Bragg, supporting and surrounded by Fort Bragg paratroopers as special operators who perform the military's most urgent, secret, sensitive missions.

The wing's command chief master sergeant advises the commander on all matters regarding the health, morale and welfare of 1,400 enlisted airmen.

The job also calls for interacting with the generals and command sergeants major of Fort Bragg and civic leaders in the surrounding civilian communities.

"There was no one else in Air Force Reserve Command who could match up with every one of those requirements," Ham said.

Hart began his military career in 1986 on active duty as an Army field artillery systems mechanic. He previously was the top enlisted airman in the 919th Special Operations Wing in Florida and the 4th Air Force Reserve Command in California.

"Every airman and every soldier matters," Hart said.

He kept his philosophy of leadership short and simple: "Airmen do what they see, and they say what they hear."


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