ANG Command Chief conducts All Call for 120th Fighter Wing

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson
  • 120th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Command Chief of the Air National Guard met with members of the 120th Fighter Wing during an All Call held in the wing's main aircraft hangar Aug. 10.

Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling conducted a short briefing and a question-and-answer session with the Airman during the informal gathering.

Hotaling focused on three key areas during his briefing to the assembled Airmen. He stated that as members of the nation's military, Airmen must renew our commitment to the profession of arms, address issues that impact the health of the force, and recognize and embrace each unit member's accomplishments.

The command chief called out for recent graduates from Air Force Basic Military Training and Airman 1st Class Vincent Peltzer stepped forward. The first-term Airman answered several of the chief's questions regarding his boot camp experience.

Hotaling took this opportunity to discuss the pride and professionalism that comes with earning the title of "Airman" following graduation from basic military training.

He then gave his chief's coin to Peltzer, one of only five he had planned on presenting to deserving Airmen during his trip to Montana.

Hotaling also sought to ease the concerns unit members may have on their future careers as the unit begins an aircraft conversion from F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft to C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

"We will ensure that the Montana Air National Guard remains relevant and ready for whatever's going to happen in the mission set of the future," said Hoteling. "That is a promise because the Montana Air National Guard is very important to this nation."

The top enlisted member of the Air National Guard reminded the Airmen that change is constant but change is acceptable because we are all professional in what we do.

"The story of the Montana Air National Guard has nothing to do with the type of iron that is on that flight line," Hotaling said. "The strength of the Montana Air National Guard is you. The people are the strength of our profession. That's what you've got to focus on, that's what you concentrate on, those are the things that you take value in because missions will always change."