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Command Chief Gets to Know His Airmen

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul B. Burke, Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, talks to Airmen who are coming in for their Unit Training Assembly June 2, 2019 at Joint Base Charleston. Burke trained with Security Forces at the front gate.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul B. Burke, Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, talks to Airmen who are coming in for their Unit Training Assembly June 2, 2019 at Joint Base Charleston. Burke trained with Security Forces at the front gate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman William Brugge)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul B. Burke, Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, works the front gate at Joint Base Charleston June 2, 2019. Burke wanted to get to know 315 Airlift Wing Airmen around base.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul B. Burke, Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, works the front gate at Joint Base Charleston June 2, 2019. Burke wanted to get to know 315 Airlift Wing Airmen around base.(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman William Brugge)

A Reserve Citizen Airman from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, SC, trains at the Combat Arms Training and Maintanence course June 1, 2019 at Joint Base Charleston.

A Reserve Citizen Airman from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, SC, trains at the Combat Arms Training and Maintanence course June 1, 2019 at Joint Base Charleston. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Rashard Coaxum)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul B. Burke, Command Chief Master Sgt. of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, prepares to work with Reserve Citizen Airmen at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance training facility at Joint Base Charleston June 1st, 2019. Burke spent the weekend working with different Airmen around base.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul B. Burke, Command Chief Master Sgt. of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, prepares to work with Reserve Citizen Airmen at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance training facility at Joint Base Charleston June 1st, 2019. Burke spent the weekend working with different Airmen around base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Rashard Coaxum)

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The Command Chief Master Sgt. of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, took time to engage and get to know different Airmen around JB Charleston during the Unit Training Assembly held June 1-2, 2019.

“I only get 16 hours a month with the Airmen and to truly be able to see what the Airmen’s lives are like when they are coming out here for drill is to actually be with the Airmen,” said Chief Master Sgt. John-Paul Burke, Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 315 AW. “Doing the job and seeing them do their job really helps me to take in their perspective.”

To gain further perspective on the experience of 315 AW Airmen, Burke worked the front gate with Security Forces as Reservist made their way into JB Charleston for the UTA and with Airmen who were participating in training at Combat Arms Training and Maintenance.

“Knowing the good, the bad, the ugly, helps,” said Burke. “So I can best support the Airmen in making sure they have the resources to train and to meet the mission when called upon. You can’t do that any better than actually being with them and doing their job first hand.”

315 AW Airmen arriving to base for the UTA noticed Burke building relationships with squadrons all over base.

“It’s definitely inspirational to see leadership coming to check on Airmen and seeing how we operate and train,” said Staff Sgt. Alivia Cureton, Fire Team lead, 315th Security Forces Squadron, JB Charleston. “It’s motivating to see leadership just as excited and invested as we are during training”

Burke took over as the Command Chief of the 315 AW in January of 2019, where previously he had served as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Command Chief at the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

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