Kentucky Guard welcomes new top enlisted Airman

Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Command Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Moore passes the guidon back to Master Sgt. Monte Goldring to complete the change of responsibility during a ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., July 11, 2014. Moore succeeded Command Chief Master Sgt. Jim Smith as Kentucky’s highest ranking Airman. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard introduced its newest top enlisted Airman in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, July 11.

Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Moore became the state’s eighth state command chief master sergeant, succeeding State Command Chief Master Sgt. James Smith.

“It is important to maintain continuity, but it is just as important to welcome change,” said Moore. “I look forward to serving with Sgt. Maj. Chumley in making the Kentucky Guard truly a purple organization.”

Moore, previously the 124rd Logistics Readiness Squadron Enlisted Manager has served the Kentucky Air Guard since 2000 after 17 years in the active duty Air Force.

With 32 years of total service, Moore now becomes the highest ranking enlisted Airman in Kentucky, a role Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini called, “One of the most important roles in the Kentucky Air National Guard.”

“He serves as my eyes and ears among the troops,” said Tonini. “I have been unbelievably fortunate and blessed these past four years having Chief Smith at my side.”

“Chief Moore’s qualifications for this job are unquestionable. he’s excelled at every level and his leadership and wisdom have brought distinction upon himself, the enlisted troops and his unit.”

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The state command chief master sergeant is an integral day-to-day member of the adjutant general’s senior staff, overseeing the needs and concerns of the state’s enlisted corps and is a vocal advocate on their behalf.

Moore said the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard has a history of great leadership and he plans to continue that in his new role.

“I will be a 360 degree leader. I will lead south to individuals under my care. I will lead north to work with those that have authority over me. I will lead east and west impacting my peers, but most importantly, remain vigilant in maintaining my own compass, needle center.”

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Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini presents Command Chief Master Sgt. Jim Smith with the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal following a change of responsibility ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., July 11, 2014. Smith received the award for his time as the state command chief master sergeant and nearly 40 years of service to the Kentucky Air Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

Smith has served in the role since 2010 and will retire after nearly 40 years of service to the Kentucky Air National Guard.

In an emotional farewell, Smith said he was humbled to be included in the short list of the state’s command chiefs.

“I wish Jeff all the best. It has truly been an honor to have served and a privilege to have been a member of the Kentucky Joint Forces Headquarters staff.”

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