by Airman 1st Class Nicolo J. Daniello
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
8/26/2015 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The
15th Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, Rodney J. McKinley, visited
here Aug. 21, taking opportunities to mentor Airmen about doing the
right thing, the value of people and getting the job done. He was also
the guest speaker at the Senior NCO induction ceremony.
"The most important thing is being the best Airman that you can be and
concentrate on doing what's right," the chief said. "Don't do things
that you are going to regret, go out and do good things, not just to get
that enlisted performance report bullet, but because doing the right
thing is a good thing to do."
McKinley served as the highest enlisted member of the Air Force from
June 2006 until June 2009. He promoted standardization across the board,
including the enlisted performance reports, assisted in creating the
Airman's Creed, promoted higher education for Airmen and their families,
generated a tighter mission focus, and professional development
"He's been very influential across the entire spectrum of the Air
Force," said Master Sgt. Rory McKinnon, 92nd Force Support Squadron
career assistant advisor. "We wouldn't be where we are today if not for
him and the programs he put in place."
During his visit, McKinley gave advice to Airmen on the importance of
doing the right thing and pushing one another to be successful and to
get the mission done.
"Every person is valuable and every person needs to pull their own
weight," McKinley said. "They may stumble and we may give an Airman a
Letter of Counseling, but that doesn't mean we don't want them to
succeed, we want them to be successful. We want Airmen to be successful
and to get the mission done."
Since retiring from the Air Force, Chief McKinley travels from base to
base as a guest speaker, mentoring Airmen whenever he can.