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Senior Master Sgt. Michael Reed, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron production section superintendent, and his family walk through the ceremonial saber detail, signifying his transition to the rank of chief master sergeant, at the Chief Induction Ceremony, Jan. 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The induction ceremony is a time-honored tradition that recognizes Airmen as they make the transition from senior master sergeant to chief master sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released) History of the rank, top one percent
It has been 57 years since the first Airmen earned the rank of chief master sergeant. Chiefs weren't a part of the enlisted structure when the Air Force was created in 1947. In fact, it took 11 years and an act of Congress before the rank even existed and Jan. 28, Moody added seven of their own to the long lineage.
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Booker T. Washington, an American educator, author, and advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, once said, “Success always leaves footprints.” This quote brings meaning to those who fought for African American rights and shows that no matter what comes out of the findings, there will always be evidence.
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