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A fire engine is parked in the department loading bay at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. Engines are always parked facing out so when an emergency call happens they are ready to go. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Beale firefighters stand at parade rest for an official photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. The 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters are credited with receiving the Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ralph E. Sanborn, Fire Department of the Year Award for medium sized fire department across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
A wooden American flag is mounted on the wall surrounded by patches of various fire departments that Beale firefighters have worked with, at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. Beale firefighters train and assist local fire departments in times of local crisis or during upgrade training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Staff Sgt. Brandon Green, 99th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, sprays disinfectant liquid on a rag to sanitize a U-2 Dragon Lady’s cockpit Mar. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. The cockpits on Beale’s fleet of U-2s will be sanitized on a regular basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Staff Sgt. Brandon Green, 99th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, disinfects the side of a U-2’s canopy Mar. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Airmen are sanitizing the U-2 Dragon Lady’s cockpit regularly, ensuring the safety of U-2 pilots and Airmen working on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
The Commissary on Beale Air Force Base California, Mar. 23, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)
Airman Leon Guico, Left, 9th Medical Group (MDG) health administrator, and Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th MDG optometry technician, guard the Entry Control Point (ECP) at the Clinic on Beale Air Force Base, California, Mar. 12, 2020. The ECP was set up at the Beale Clinic to protect Airmen and their families from the growing COVID-19 threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) patient safety program coordinator, right, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, left, pose for a photo in front of the clinic’s marquee on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. National Patient Safety Week occurred from 8-14 March 2020.
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) Patient Safety Program Coordinator, center, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, right, speak to an Airman about patient safety on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. Educating Beale personnel was one of several things Bergmann and Ross did to promote Patient Safety week.
A beaker of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) is stationed in a testing area at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Airmen observe the beaker and the film of white paper inside to see and smell if the LOX has any discoloration, discrepancies or smell. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

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I am an American Airman

Too often I hear the statement, “The Air Force has no tradition…certainly not like the other services.” Or there’s the comment, “The Air Force changes everything all the time.  New uniforms, AFI’s, etc….how can we expect to maintain any heritage or tradition?”
I submit there is one decisive, deliberate, and motivating action each of us can take.  No matter the position you hold, the grade you wear, or if you are active duty, guard, reserve, retired, every single one of us can implement this small, yet powerful change today.  The change refers to a facet of our current culture.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about culture change in his book, ‘Tipping Point’.  In his book, the author posits that even the smallest adjustments to habits, routines, or attitudes can have a significant impact on the culture or perception of an organization, population, or product.
Therefore, I challenge everyone to stop referring to members of our Air Force as ‘TROOPS’. 
According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of the word troop is:
a. A group of soldiers
b. A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
c. A flock of mammals or birds
I understand a definition is literal, however, there are two problems with the way we throw this term around to refer to our Airmen.  First, the word troop is actually plural…referring to a group of soldiers.  Lastly, and most poignantly, the word troop is actually rooted in a tradition and heritage of another service.  And before we start the “But Chief, we were born out of the Army” conversation, I would ask you to consider a few points. 
We were born out of the Army for a reason.  We fulfill several needs that no other organization can: to keep up with advancing technology and to take warfighting to an entirely different level, both geographically and mentally.  The Army and Navy were long-time competitors for military leadership and neither service thought that the other should take on the new tasks of strategic deterrence missions associated with the advent of the atomic bomb.  This, along with many other great reasons, is why our Air Force, and our AIRMEN were created.
Think about it.  The United States Air Force was created for some of the most sophisticated warfare challenges of the time. 
So, let’s continue the tradition born in 1947 and call each other what we truly are.  Please, call me Airman.

Chief Hall

 

 

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One of our newest members of the Beale family

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Airman 1st Class Bobby Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, stands next to a fire engine at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 27,2018. Beale firefighters are responsible for supporting local areas and they protect over 23,000 acres of property. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

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Airman 1st Class Bobby Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, dons his fire gear at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 27,2018. Firefighters have numerous gear to keep them safe and able to efficiently subdue the fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

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Airman 1st Class Bobby Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, grabs his fire protective gear on a fire engine at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 27,2018. Firefighters keep equipment on the engines ready to go at a moments notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

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Airman 1st Class Bobby Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, grabs his fire helmet out of a fire engine at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 27,2018. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the user is safe and able to complete the task. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

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Airman 1st Class Bobby Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, tightens his straps to his helmet for a secure fit at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 27, 2018. Beale firefighters use protective equipment to ensure they are safe and shield them from the heat. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

Beale Air Force Base, Calif. -- Being new can be a challenge, but for Airman 1st Class Bobby Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, joining the Air Force has not let anything hinder his passion of being a firefighter.

Coming from Jackson, Mississippi, Gardner has made plans to go to school and make firefighting a career.

“I wanted to become a firefighter because I love helping people and I always wanted to do something bigger with my life and I felt my purpose was to help others in need,” said Gardner, 9th Civil Engineering Squadron fire protection. “I plan on going to school to further my life, gain more education and make firefighting a career.”

Being a firefighter in the military is a demanding career and you always have to be ready at a moment’s notice.

“One of the challenges I face here is the fast pace of firefighting,” said Gardner. “My leadership trusts me to get the job done and I will continue to push myself every day to further my career and my limits to be the best.”

Not only does Gardner strive to succeed and grow, leadership has taken an eye on how he works at in and outside of the station.

“Straight out of technical school and fast learner, he is eager to learn the trade and one of our sharpest firefighters in the department.” Said TSgt Richard Benvente, 9th CES acting deputy fire chief “Airman 1st Class Gardner also volunteers off duty with wing and squadron events while he is still in upgrade trading.”

Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi

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