Wilson Promoted to Chief Master Sergeant
By Capt Andrew Schmidt, 167th Airlift Wing
/ Published September 09, 2008
September 5, 2008 -- After almost 30 years to the day after he held up his hand and first swore his oath of enlistment, David S. Wilson was promoted Chief Master Sergeant at a ceremony held Friday in the 167th Security Forces Squadron classroom. About 30 friends, family members and coworkers attended the ceremony.
"There is no one in the wing who is more deserving," said Col. Roger L. Nye, 167th Airlift Wing commander, after pinning the new rank on to Chief Wilson. "Only two percent of enlisted troops in the Guard and only one percent of enlisted in the active duty ever achieve that rank. It's quite an honor."
"I have no doubt that he will exemplify everything that it means to be a chief," he said.
"He's one of the most outstanding NCOs in the world," said Lt. Col. Roger Ausherman, 167th Security Forces Squadron commander. "He's the one you want to go to war with. As an officer he has your back," he said.
After taking the oath of reenlistment, as is custom in military promotions, Chief Wilson gave an emotional thank you to his family and the unit command staff.
"This is not my accomplishment, it's everyone's here," he said. "This is my family, and we've all done it together. I appreciate everyone's support."
"I give my solemn promise that I will do the best that I can to serve the unit."