By By Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
NORAD and USNORTHCOM
The Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force visited Peterson Air
Force Base, Colorado, February 10-12, to meet with Airmen from nearby bases and
tour North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody held two All
Calls at Peterson to thank Airmen and noncommissioned officers from NORAD,
USNORTHCOM, Peterson, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station,
and to answer their questions ranging from performance reports to retirement
He said he was impressed at the questions posed to him at
both enlisted calls, citing his overall impression of today’s enlisted corps.
“We have amazing men and women serving in our armed forces,”
said Cody. “When I get to spend time with Airmen I see they’re dedicated,
they’re proud, they’re motivated and they’re certainly very aware of what’s
going on in the geopolitical environment, the instability that exists around
the globe, and their role in ensuring our nation’s security.”
After speaking with the enlisted corps, he met with the
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Fleet Master Chief
Terrence Molidor, and toured the commands’ operations center.
“This was a great visit,” said Molidor, a 32-year Navy
veteran and the command’s top enlisted member.
“I spoke to him as I do each service’s senior enlisted and said what we
need from the Air Force is to continue sending us quality Airmen. Also, as the senior enlisted for the command,
if we have a service-related issue we can’t address with my senior enlisted
advisors, he’s the one I go to in order to get the final word, so just getting
another chance to meet with him was helpful.”
This isn’t the first time the Air Force’s top enlisted
leader has been to the command. He said
he’s familiar with the unique mission sets of the command and the importance of
defending the homeland.
“I certainly think 9-11 still weighs heavily on those who
continue to serve,” said Cody. “There’s
no lack of appreciation and understanding what those events signaled to our
nation and how we have evolved from that time.
I certainly believe our top leadership in Washington, D.C., clearly
understands the importance of this command and what you do every day to secure
He also gave thanks to the Canadian and interagency
counterparts working shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. servicemembers, stopping to
present recognition coins to four U.S. and one Canadian enlisted member for
“We can’t do it without the partnership,” Cody said. “We all understand that. We have common interests here to be as
effective and as responsive as absolutely necessary – we need to be a team.”
Overall, Cody said today’s enlisted force is the best
trained, most educated and most experienced fighting force the world has ever
“They step up to the plate every single day to ensure the
security of the nation and they will ensure the generations that follow in
their footsteps are even better than them,” said Cody, concluding, “they’re
just a dedicated great group of people and our nation should be extremely
proud, and grateful they have the watch.”
It takes our entire joint team to be able to do that so we
bring all our assets together our Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast
Guardsmen and our partners bring that all together. Create this team that can amass all these
resources when needed to direct the defense of our homeland and if necessary,
I think they are absolutely going to remain critical and
likely as we continue to evolve as a force take on significantly different
roles as they become more capable as we continue to develop the entire force,
all branches, you’ll see us leverage that capability in different ways.
“Our Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines Coast Guardsmen and
our partners that we’ve been developing forces with over time, they’re the best
the world has ever known. They truly
are,” said the Air Force’s top enlisted member.
“The evolution of our enlisted force, certainly over the three decades
that I’ve been in uniform, you truly can’t even make a comparison from what it
was to what it is today when you think about roles and responsibilities.