53d Command Chief ends career after 30 years

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  • By Staff Sgt. Samuel King Jr.
  • 53d Wing Public Affairs
The 53d Wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Randy Salefske retired from the Air Force May 30 during a ceremony here.  

The chief says goodbye to the uniform after 30 years of service.  His final week was filled with memorial moments from an incentive ride in an F-16 to a 53d Wing retreat ceremony in his honor.

The following is a Q and A with the 53d's exiting command chief.

What has been your greatest moment in the Air Force?
When I was notified of my selection to serve as an Air Force first sergeant.

What one particular moment do you recall most often over your career?
The good times I have shared with so many good friends.

What has been the most rewarding thing about serving as a command chief?
The ability to help our Airmen achieve their goals.

What is the most important thing you've learned from your time in the service?
That it would be impossible to find a better group of American citizens to share your life with.

What do you think the AF does well?
Air Power, no one else comes close. No American forces have been attacked from the air since 1953. That is a tremendous accomplishment I am proud to have been part of it for the past 30 years.

When did you realize you were going to be a chief?
I am not sure I ever knew I was going to be a chief. I felt like I had prepared myself for the opportunity and if selected would do my best to live up to the expectations required of the grade.

What will you miss most?
Our people.

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration during your time in service?
God, for he has been with me the entire time and deserves the credit for any success I may have achieved.

What is your favorite AF weapon/piece of equipment?
The United States Air Force Airmen Warrior, Leader, Wingman.

What is your next step?
Take a little time off and relax for awhile and reflect back on the last 30 years before finding another opportunity to serve our country.

Advice for people following in your footsteps?
Treat the people around you with dignity, grace and respect. Work hard and have some fun.