Bittersweet Last Day

Since 1983 and from CMSgt Wayne Fisk through 13 subsequent Chiefs, The Enlisted Heritage Hall has been a labor a love, creating a place of honor for our enlisted Airmen & their families. It’s the only enlisted-centric museum in the Air Force and it’s located in a humble builiding on Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Alabama…in an old 1940s segregated dining facility.  I have had the pleasure of working with some fantastic Airmen as we built displays, held huge events, and gave a gazillion tours.  I couldn’t imagine doing it with any other team…big thank yous to them.

On my 1stday in Feb 2015, I took the 1stphoto…essentially in awe that the Air Force would trust me with leading such a team.  They put me in charge of a 14K square foot museum!

It’s a humbling place to work. Airman and their families have trusted me…Trusted me to tell their stories, to preserve their artifacts, and take care of their memories.  Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force-past and present, Medal of Honor families, Khobar Tower Survivors, Families of Lima Site 85, POWs, 1st in their field, KIA, MIA…the list goes on and on, but I would be remise if I didn’t thank the Airmen and the families of these Airmen who shared their lives with me while we built displays.

It’s been over 3 years and this morning I took my “last day” photo.  It’s a bitter sweet day, as I leave my most rewarding assignment and walk away from 25 years of being Active Duty.

I hope that I was half the leader & visionary that CMSgt Fisk was and I hope I made a small impact on “Preserving yesterday, today, for tomorrow.”