Reserve Command announces new command chief

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Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Buckner has been selected for the Air Force Reserve Com-mand's top enlisted position.

Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, Jr., chief of the Air Force Reserve and AFRC commander, made the selection last month.

"We're looking forward to Chief Buckner coming on board and sharing her distinctive wealth of experience. She'll play a crucial leadership role through a historical period in this command," said Stenner.

Before being selected, Buckner served as the command chief master sergeant for the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. She replaces Chief Master Sgt. Dwight Badgett, who was recently selected as the senior enlisted advisor for Joint Task Force North, Fort Bliss, Texas. Stenner said Badgett's new assignment at Joint Task Force North is "a resounding testament to his service and leadership."

Buckner will advise Stenner on readiness, training, utilization, morale, professional development and quality of life for all enlisted members in the Air Force Reserve. She will also be the functional manager for all Reserve first sergeants, the senior noncommissioned officers responsible for the morale, welfare and conduct of enlisted members at the squadron level throughout the command.

A native of Gary, Ind., she enlisted in the Air Force in 1987. While on active duty, she served at various levels in the operations resource management field and was an Airman Leadership School instructor. Since leaving active duty in 1997, she has served as both a traditional Reservist and a full-time Air Reserve technician.