New 673d ABW command chief talks leadership philosophy: Call ensures Airmen have right tools for the job|
Posted 7/12/2012 Updated 7/12/2012
by Airman 1st Class Omari Bernard
JBER Public Affairs
7/12/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Command Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Call, 673d Air Base Wing command chief, assumed enlisted leadership from Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Kuehnl recently.
"My role as a command chief is to ensure the commander's policies are enforced and Airmen have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs, whether in garrison or while they are deployed," Call said.
He arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson from Hansom Air Force Base, Mass., where he served as Electronic Systems Center and Hanscom's command chief. Call grew up in Tionesta, Penn., and then entered the Air Force Jan. 21, 1988.
"I initially joined the Air Force to serve my country and to get a job," he said. "College wasn't in my sights when I joined, but that quickly changed once I figured out all the educational benefits that the Air Force offers. Education is the foundation of everything we do. Continually educating yourself keeps you at the top of your game and keeps your mind sharp."
How did Chief Call end up at JBER?
"There is no volunteering for a command chief job," answered Call. "Command chiefs are hired by either the incumbent wing commander or incoming wing commander. Commanders send the Air Force Chief's Group a listing of requirements that he or she is looking for in a command chief and the Chief's Group sends the commander a list of candidates. After the commander narrows the list down to a handful, they hold either an in-person interview or telephone interview and select the best match for the mission."
The 673d Air Base Wing provides civil engineering; communications; contracting; supply; transportation; logistics; medical services; personnel; security; housing/lodging; and the morale, welfare, and services for more than 43,500 active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retirees, civilians and family members while supporting Alaskan Command and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command region.
"We're here to support everyone who transits JBER, and to ensure the quality of life on the base is the best we can provide so everyone can focus on their respective missions," Call said. "The biggest thing I would like Airmen and Soldiers to know about me is I am open minded and approachable, but I will hold people to standards. I want to ensure we are all one big team, in support of those who live, work and play on JBER.
As the new command chief, his first piece of advice to JBER's Airmen is pretty straightforward.
"You must balance your work and personal life," he said. "We have a very busy operations tempo. We know you are working hard, but taking time to recharge and enjoy whatever your hobbies are is important to us as well. Otherwise, you'll burn yourself out and not be as effective in the workplace. Staying healthy in all areas of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness (mental, physical, social, and spiritual) is a must. If you're not healthy in any of the four areas, we need to get you healthy and back in the fight. We need healthy, resilient Airmen, in the fight each and every day.
As JBER gains new Airmen every day, Call is excited to hear their input.
"New Airmen at the lowest levels have the brightest ideas. I like to hear feedback on what is going on around base," he said. "Not whining, but things that need to be improved. We can't fix what is broke if we don't know about it."
"I look forward to meeting everyone that works, lives or plays on JBER, and doing what I can to make sure all of our Arctic Warriors enjoy their tour in Alaska," Call said.