AMC chief to visit Airmen at McChord

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  • By Tyler Hemstreet
  • 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
McChord will welcome Air Mobility Command's command chief Wednesday as he makes his first visit out to the base.

Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Barron Jr. is visiting the base to get a feel for the base's mission and see what the Airmen do out here, said Chief Master Sgt. Russell Kuck, 62nd Airlift Wing command chief.

Chief Kuck said the primary focus of the visit is to get Chief Barron out to the squadrons and see people.

"He likes to talk one-on-one with Airmen," Chief Kuck said. "Airmen can bring up whatever they want with him."

Chief Barron plans on having breakfast with Airmen at the Olympic Dining Facility along with Chief Kuck. He is set to tour the fitness center and fitness center annex. Other items on his agenda include visiting the First Term Airman's Center, dining with squadron functional managers and the Rising 4 council as well as touring the flightline.

Chief Barron is the principal advisor to AMC's commander and his senior staff on matters of health, welfare and morale, professional development and the effective utilization of more than 43,000 active duty and 71,000 Reserve and National Guard enlisted personnel assigned to the command.

After tours as command chief master sergeant at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Chief Barron was selected to become the chief master sergeant of AMC in April of this year.

Earlier in his career, he was a military training manager and later served in multiple units as a first sergeant both in the United States and overseas during Operations Desert Fox and Allied Force, where he was instrumental in the initial beddown, troop support and morale for the largest combat air refueling wing in Air Force history.