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Chief Master Sgt. Karen Cozza

Chief Master Sgt. Karen Cozza

OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. -- These past three months serving as your new command chief have been very busy ones! I know that a lot of movements have happened; many of you are in different locations and working out of temporary offices. The wing leadership appreciates all the continued logistics, positive attitudes, patience, and hard physical work that are being undertaken for all of the moves. Thank you!

I've had the opportunity to meet some of the awesome new Airmen of our wing, attend promotions, retirements, and other significant events. One of those events that I was honored to attend was the Battle Streamer Ceremony held at the State House in September. Seven of our units in 102nd Intelligence Wing earned Battle Streamers for their roles in support of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terrorism. It was a very proud day for our wing.

As I was waiting for the ceremony to begin, I was able to walk around the "Golden Dome" and take in all the history of the MA ANG/ARNG, the Hall of Flags, and all the historic memorabilia. What struck me most and what I am writing to you about today, is the Profession of Arms. I saw how far back in our history the profession of arms evolved, from the first Minutemen 375 plus years ago until today, every Airman and service member must adhere to those same military standards. We have all taken the military oath of our own free will and have agreed upon the standards and expectations that govern our military profession and missions.

We need to remember that when we put on our uniforms, as many have done before us, it identifies us as part of an honored cadre. At times, we stray away from the standards and discipline that make our profession unique and it can cause problems. The profession of arms is built on honor, respect, trust, and most importantly, personal discipline. We as military members must continue to uphold these principles.

So let us take ownership of our Profession of Arms and all it represents. Continue to take pride and ownership of our wing, in your squadron, in our facilities. Continue to trust and support one another; ensure we mentor our future Airman and lastly, know and own your military responsibilities. I truly believe that our wing is the number one wing in the Air National Guard because we have upheld the standards that were established by the men and women of our military decades ago.

Let's keep it going; you are all doing fantastic work, are dedicated to our 102d missions, and it shows! Let's continue to own our military profession, handle our challenges together, and continue to do the right things!

Ref: Leadership and Diversity Newsletter