Michigan First Sergeants Gather At Seminar

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Story by TSgt Daniel Heaton on 02/05/2018
Those who wear the diamond in Michigan are marching forward in unison after a recent first-of-its-kind gathering in Battle Creek.

Michigan Air National Guard first sergeants and potential first sergeants recently huddled together at the Team Michigan First Sergeant Additional Duty Seminar in Battle Creek. It was an opportunity for the first sergeants who are distinguished by the diamond that appears inside their rank chevrons to share best practices. A number of potential future first sergeants also attended to add to their skill base.

The meeting -- which drew about 30 participants from the 110th Attack Wing in Battle Creek, the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the Michigan National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing was highlighted by a visit and briefing from Chief Master Sgt. Danny Doucette, a Connecticut Air National Guard Airmen who serves as the superintendent of the Air Force First Sergeant Academy.

"This showcases our efforts to bring Michigan together," said Chief Master Sgt. Richard Gordon, who serves as the first sergeant of the 127th Wing headquarters group and the 127th Operations Group. "We have a group of experienced and motivated noncommissioned officers who have ideas and insights from around the state. The information was flowing in both directions."

The seminar also allowed those who aspire to serve as a first sergeant in the future to gain insight into the position.

"I've got a pretty good mentor here in Chief Gordon, but this event allowed me to hear ideas from many different voices," said Tech. Sgt. Matthew Brewer, a command post controller at the 127th Wing at Selfridge.

In the Air Force, first sergeants serve as special advisors to unit commanders. They are responsible for seeing to the health, welfare and morale of all enlisted personnel serving in a particular unit.

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