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NEWS | Aug. 8, 2013

Senior NCOs make new contacts at social event

By Alex Salinas Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

Air Force Senior NCOs from organizations across Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph participated in an inaugural social mixer July 26 at the Kendrick Club.

More than 40 senior NCOs from Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Personnel Center, Air Force Recruiting Service and other organizations at JBSA-Randolph attended the mixer.

Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago, JBSA and 502nd Air Base Wing command chief master sergeant, accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Avery Woolridge, 12th Flying Training Wing command chief master sergeant, rallied his group of senior enlisted to establish a communication venue that will increase awareness, understanding and rapport for Air Force leaders communicating across the JBSA locations.

The mixer's purpose, LugoSantiago said, was to create an avenue for senior NCOs to network, learn new faces and become more resourceful.

Master Sgt. Elliot Weir, Randolph Top 3 president, helped coordinate the event, giving the group plenty of opportunities to break the ice.

"This is for us to really meet each other so we can accomplish joint ventures together," Weir said. "The hope is we continue this in the future, when the people are different, so they can have the chance to establish connections as well."

Beyond networking, the main message for the senior leaders was helping Airmen in need - in any way they can.

"What we learn here, about each other and how different organizations operate, can be used in future situations," Master Sgt. Samuel Davis, AETC Top 3 president, said. "There will be times when Airmen come to me and I won't know how to help them, but I will know someone who can."

For Master Sgt. Joey Williams, AFPC Top 3 president, gaining new contacts was about stepping back from everyday leadership duties and enjoying the opportunity to interact with others.