Chiefs' Council

MISSION: Advocate for our Airmen on relevant topics, issues and concerns. Support the direction and decisions of our Commanders. Exemplify the professional standards & military bearing charged to every Airman.

VISION: Always striving to lead, mentor, train, develop, enable, encourage and support our Airmen to reach their full potential personally, professionally in selfless service to our community, state, nation, the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force.

The objective of the Chiefs' Council is to promote a spirit of comradeship and esprit de corps, enhance the prestige and responsibilities of all enlisted personnel. There is an optimum requirement that each member should set an example in accepted leadership practices to enhance the well-being of the 161st Air Refueling Wing.  

A Message from the Council

It is amazing and important to know that December 13, 1636, marks the beginning of our organized militia and the birth of the National Guard's oldest organized units, symbolic of the founding of all state, territory, and District of Columbia militias that collectively make up today's National Guard.

Think about it, we are part of an organization that has been upholding our peace-time and war-time rights/missions 151 years before the United States Constitution was introduced in 1787!  Fast forward to 2016, the 161ARW has been part of the "Fly, Fight and Win" operation for 70 years. We are a powerful community, state, national and global force not by chance, but because of a consistent structured hierarchy that facilitates our Warriors to effectively follow, manage and lead.

Let's continue to move forward and add to our remarkable heritage. Empower yourself and the people you supervise to get the mission done. Most importantly, remember that in our world of programs, processes and is the PEOPLE above all that are vital to our continued existence.  Take care of yourself and your fellow troops...always.

The Importance of Mentoring

All of our Airmen are looked at to set a positive example for all personnel to emulate by having a professional leadership role, presence, voice and consistent visibility. Mentoring comes into play to support this concept by covering a wide range of areas, such as career guidance, technical and professional development, leadership, Air Force history, heritage, air/space power doctrine, strategic vision, and contribution to joint warfighting. It also includes knowledge of the ethics of our military and civil service professions and understanding of the Air Force's Core Values of Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do.

Board Members

President: CMSgt James Wright
Vice President: CMSgt Lucas Wheeler
Treasurer: CMSgt Scott Bryant
Recorder: SMSgt Josh Koenig


The Roles of a Mentor

There are several roles a mentor can assume during a mentor/associate partnership such as:  counselor, coach, motivator and role model. The role the mentor assumes will depend on the needs of the associate and on the partnership that is built with the individual. The mentor/associate partnership is always a professional relationship.

Counselor:  The role of counselor requires the mentor to establish a trusting and open partnership, stressing confidentiality and respect for the associate.

Coach:  The role of coach is necessary to help the associate improve performance. Coaching is giving frequent feedback focusing on what was observed. Concentrate feedback on the behavior that the associate should do more of, do less of, or continue.

Motivator:  The role of the motivator is when the mentor needs the associate to complete a difficult assignment, or to pursue an ambitious goal. Through encouragement, support, and incentives, the associate can be motivated to succeed.

Role Model:  As role model, the mentor is the living example of values, ethics, integrity and professionalism.