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Chiefs honored with ceremony, banquet

Eleven Airmen were recognized during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Busts of a Native American chief await presentation to the newest chiefs during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eleven Airmen received the busts this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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Team Eglin’s newest Chiefs line up before the audience during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eleven Airmen were honored this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Chief ceremony

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Hose, 96th Maintenance Squadron, laughs while Chief Master Sgt. Galen Zalace, emcee and member of the 96th Maintenance Squadron, shares stories during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eleven Airmen were honored this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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Chief Master Sgt. Manuel Pineiro, the event's guest speaker, addresses the audience during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eleven Airmen were honored this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Coltrin, 33rd Maintenance Squadron, holds a bust of a Native American chief for presentation during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eleven Airmen received the busts this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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A first sergeant stands during the national anthem at the Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Chief ceremony

Chief Master Sgt. Sevin Balkuvvar-Smith, emcee and member of the 96 th Logistics Readiness Squadron, laughs during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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The POW/MIA table is set for five during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony Feb. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The empty places represent Americans from each of the armed services who were or are missing. This symbolizes they are with us in spirit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Pomp and circumstance were in the air. The base’s newest chief master sergeant’s and their spouses entered the banquet through a chief’s sabor cordon Feb. 8 during the annual Chief Recognition Ceremony at the Bayview Club here.


The ceremony recognized their pinnacle career achievement in reaching the highest Air Force enlisted rank and honored those who support them.

The Airmen recognized were:
Vincent Brass, 96th Civil Engineer Squadron
Anthony Cuathen, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Karissa Gunter, 96th Force Support Squadron
William Harper, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Larue Holliday, 53rd Computer Systems Squadron
Matthew Hose, 96th AMXS
Corey Park, 359th Training Squadron
Thomas Perry, 96th Test Wing
Daniel Sanchez, 96th AMXS
Jason Selman, 96th Civil Engineer Group
Gabriel Wright, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron


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