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Promotees celebrate during Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony

The Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors during the Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony at the Red Morgan Center July 29. The Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony is held annually to recognize those technical sergeants selected for promotion into the senior NCO tier. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)

The Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors during the Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony at the Red Morgan Center July 29. The Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony is held annually to recognize those technical sergeants selected for promotion into the senior NCO tier. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)

Members of Team Fairchild, family and friends helped celebrate Fairchild Air Force Base’s newest master sergeant selects during the Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony at the Red Morgan Center July 29. Fairchild had 54 selectees chosen to promote within the next 12 months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)

Members of Team Fairchild, family and friends helped celebrate Fairchild Air Force Base’s newest master sergeant selects during the Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony at the Red Morgan Center July 29. Fairchild had 54 selectees chosen to promote within the next 12 months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)

Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th Air Force command chief, delivers a speech during the Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony at the Red Morgan Center July 29. Petzel was joined by Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Bill Fitch, 92nd ARW acting command chief, in congratulating Fairchild’s newest selectees. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)

Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th Air Force command chief, delivers a speech during the Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony at the Red Morgan Center July 29. Petzel was joined by Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Bill Fitch, 92nd ARW acting command chief, in congratulating Fairchild’s newest selectees. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild, family and friends joined in celebration during the annual Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony to recognize thirty-eight technical sergeants selected for promotion July 29 at the Red Morgan Center.

Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th Air Force command chief, spoke at the event, congratulating Fairchild’s newest promotees selected to enter the senior NCO tier.

“Always lead with humility,” Petzel said. “You are a professional in the profession of arms. Be proud of this accomplishment. From here, the opportunities are endless.”

Petzel was joined by Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, in congratulating the newest promotees, and thanking their families and friends for their “unwavering commitment.”

“Without strong families, we do not have strong communities,” Samuelson said. “Without strong communities, we do not have a strong country.”

The Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony is held annually to recognize those technical sergeants selected for promotion into the senior NCO tier.

“The Senior NCO Recognition Ceremony was one of the most significant rites of passage I’ve ever been through,” said Tech. Sgt. David Rodriguez, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management NCO in charge. “It was empowering being honored with my fellow peers, and being recognized by so many outstanding leaders.”