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Air National Guard command chief visits Alaskan air guardsmen

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON -- Chief Master Sgt. Chris Muncy, the command chief of the Air National Guard,  speaks with the 176 Wing's cheifs and first sergeant here June 10. He visited the guardsmen during his routine visits to Air Guard bases across the nation. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt N. Alicia Goldberger

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON -- Chief Master Sgt. Chris Muncy, the command chief of the Air National Guard, speaks with the 176 Wing's cheifs and first sergeant here June 10. He visited the guardsmen during his routine visits to Air Guard bases across the nation. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt N. Alicia Goldberger

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON -- Chief Master Sgt. Chris Muncy, the command chief of the Air National Guard, toured the 212 Rescue Squadron here June 10. Muncy visited the 176 Wing guardsmen during his routine travels to Air Guard bases across the nation. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt N. Alicia Goldberger

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON -- Chief Master Sgt. Chris Muncy, the command chief of the Air National Guard, toured the 212 Rescue Squadron here June 10. Muncy visited the 176 Wing guardsmen during his routine travels to Air Guard bases across the nation. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt N. Alicia Goldberger

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard -- the Air Guard's highest-ranking enlisted member -- visited guardsmen at the 176 Wing here June 10.

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Muncy routinely travels the country visiting Air National Guard bases.

Muncy saw the wing's facilities in operational use for the first time this visit.

"This is a good place to be," Muncy said about the wing. "You've got a good group of Airmen. It's tough, but there's a lot on everybody right now. Part of my deal is to see what we can do to help."

Muncy had lunch with the wing's annual award winners, spoke with 176 Wing first sergeants and chiefs, and visited the 212 Rescue Squadron facility before speaking at an all-call open to all wing members.

He touched on professional military training, budget challenges, the ANG physical training program and family, among other things. His main message was for guardsmen to tell the Air National Guard story, versus that of the Air Force or Army.

"The nation loves you, but they don't know you," Muncy said. "It's incumbent upon you to talk about us."

The chief is scheduled to visit the Alaska Air National Guard's 168 Air Refueling Wing at Eielson Air Force Base. Muncy plans to return to the 176 Wing June 2 to visit more squadrons and guardsmen.
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