by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines
USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs
6/25/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- "There's
a lot going on in our Air Force; and rightly so, our Airmen have a lot
of questions," said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody,
during an interview here, June 23.
The Chief wrapped up his second visit to U.S. Air Forces in Europe-U.S.
Air Forces Africa this year, tackling Airmen's questions surrounding
changes to the new enlisted evaluation system, promotions, formal
training and retirements.
"My credibility in this position goes to what I know about our Airmen,"
said Cody, "I am not able to accurately reflect their views or how
things are going with them unless I spend time with them."
In his on-going efforts to engage with Airmen stationed across the
globe, the Air Forces' top enlisted leader is making strides to offer
personal answers to Airmen's questions and concerns.
"What we try to communicate when we're out visiting our Airmen, is our
level of appreciation and gratitude for what they are doing every day,"
With many questions focusing on current changes in the Air Force, Cody
stressed the need for agility across the entire scope of operations in
the years to come.
"There has to be a level of agility that is probably unprecedented in
the history of the military if we're going to be successful against any
adversaries," he noted also referencing the Air Force's 30-year Strategic Master Plan
Acknowledging the large scope of the Air Force's presence in Europe,
Cody recognized the unique role Airmen play in representing the U.S.
"I think every time you go out and spend time with Airmen you learn a
lot, and there is a lot going on in the USAFE-AFAFRICA theater. We
certainly have Airmen here providing Airpower to our combatant
commanders, but we also have a significant presence with Airmen here
supporting the NATO alliance and our partners, whether it is through
training or deployments," said Cody.
The Chief commended and offered many praises to all the hard work of
Airmen across USAFE-AFAFRICA and encouraged them to continue to share
their thoughts and concerns with leadership on ways to strengthen the
force even more.
"I would describe the Airmen in USAFE-AFAFRICA just like I would
anywhere else: They are the most dedicated, professional Airmen in the
world. They represent America with pride and they do their job
exceptionally well, despite all the challenges it thrusts in front of
them - they accomplish the mission," he said, "I get to enjoy the fact
that I get to represent them, it's a great sense of pride for me just to
see how they do their job."