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Keesler inducts newest Chief Master Sergeants during ceremony

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Andrews, 81st Security Forces Squadron manager, participates in a candle-lighting ceremony during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. During the candle-lighting ceremony a candle is lit for each rank of the enlisted structure an Airmen wears on their way to the rank of chief master sergeant. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Andrews, 81st Security Forces Squadron manager, participates in a candle-lighting ceremony during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. During the candle-lighting ceremony a candle is lit for each rank of the enlisted structure an Airmen wears on their way to the rank of chief master sergeant. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A medallion is on display during the Chief Induction Medallion Ceremony prior to the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Leadership from the 81st Training Wing presented each of the newest Chief Master Sgts. with a medallion. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A medallion is on display during the Chief Induction Medallion Ceremony prior to the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Leadership from the 81st Training Wing presented each of the newest Chief Master Sgts. with a medallion. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, Air Education and Training Command command chief, delivers remarks as the event guest speaker during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, Air Education and Training Command command chief, delivers remarks as the event guest speaker during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Alucia Davis, 2nd Air Force military training career field manager; Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, Air Education and Training Command command chief, and Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, offer a toast during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Alucia Davis, 2nd Air Force military training career field manager; Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, Air Education and Training Command command chief, and Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, offer a toast during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jacey McDuffie, 81st Medical Support Squadron superintendent, and other Saber Sword Team members take their positions as they prepare to form a walk way with their saber swords for the honorees to walk through as they are introduced during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jacey McDuffie, 81st Medical Support Squadron superintendent, and other Saber Sword Team members take their positions as they prepare to form a walk way with their saber swords for the honorees to walk through as they are introduced during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Leadership from the 81st Training Wing poses with Keesler's newest chief master sergeants holding plaques displaying their line numbers during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Leadership from the 81st Training Wing poses with Keesler's newest chief master sergeants holding plaques displaying their line numbers during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Recently inducted and current Keesler chief master sergeants pose for a photo during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Recently inducted and current Keesler chief master sergeants pose for a photo during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Katie Hammonds, 81st Medical Support Squadron medical logistics flight chief, is joined by her friend, Erin Marchand, as they unveil a statue presented to Hammonds during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Katie Hammonds, 81st Medical Support Squadron medical logistics flight chief, is joined by her friend, Erin Marchand, as they unveil a statue presented to Hammonds during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Lambert, 81st Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and his wife, Chief Master Sgt. Sevin Balkuvvar, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management flight superintendent, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, pose for a photo after walking under an archway of sabers held by Keesler's Chief Master Sgts. during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Lambert, 81st Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and his wife, Chief Master Sgt. Sevin Balkuvvar, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management flight superintendent, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, pose for a photo after walking under an archway of sabers held by Keesler's Chief Master Sgts. during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team perform during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team perform during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Event memento book marks and tuxedo napkins are displayed during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Event memento book marks and tuxedo napkins are displayed during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, watches a carpool karaoke video made by Keesler's newest Chief Master Sergeants during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, watches a carpool karaoke video made by Keesler's newest Chief Master Sergeants during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers closing remarks and congratulates the honorees during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers closing remarks and congratulates the honorees during the Chief Induction Ceremony inside the Bay Breeze Event Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 15, 2019. Five Keesler Airmen earned their chief master sergeant stripe during the 2019 promotion release. Air Force officials selected 479 senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant out of 2,241 eligible for a selection rate of 21.37 percent. Chief master sergeants make up one percent of the Air Force enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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