by Tech. Sgt. Shawn McCowan
147 Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
1/31/2016 - ELLINGTON FIELD, Texas -- In
one of his final visits of his career, the Air National Guard Command
Chief spent January 30-31with members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing
at Ellington Field.
Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling made it a priority during his visit
to speak with wing's junior enlisted Airmen during an enlisted all call.
Airmen were given the opportunity to interact with Chief Hotaling and
ask him any questions they had about the Air Force and the Air National
Guard. Hotaling discussed his key focus areas that include the renewing
of the commitment to the profession of arms, the health of the force,
and recognizing and embracing the accomplishments of Airmen.
During the all call, Airmen candidly presented issues important to them.
Hotaling expressed the importance of making sure Airmen are part of any
solution they hope to see.
"I see two kinds of people when there is an issue at hand, victims and
victors," said Hotaling. "I want you to have a victor mentality when
tackling your challenges,"
Chief Hotaling also spoke on renewing he commitment to the profession of
arms, focus on performance and training, and education requirements.
His presentation of the profession of arms included mentorship and
supervision as well as the deliberate development of Airmen.
Other topics included the health of the force, resiliency, and the four
pillars of an Airman's life, which included mental, physical, social,
and spiritual aspects. As part of the health of the force, Hotaling
discussed the importance of sexual assault prevention and response.
Hotaling also took time to recognize Airmen accomplishments during the
all call, telling the audience that recognizing Airmen both informally
and formally is important.
Hotaling said he was very impressed with the wing, both as a whole and its individuals.
"I have visited all 90 Air National Guard units, and I can tell you that
the 147th is a great wing. Morale is high here, and there is a real
sense of camaraderie."
As Hotaling prepares for retirement, he hopes all Airmen focus on their "here and now," doing their best work where they are.
"If each of us do our very best today, while planning for tomorrow, the future will take care of itself. I really believe that."