KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
(This interview is Part 1 of an open-ended series featuring members of Team Keesler selected for the Command Chief for a Day program.)
Chief Master Vegas Clark, 81st Training Wing command chief, started a new program called Command Chief for a Day at Keesler highlighting outstanding enlisted performers from around the 81st TRW.
Each Airman selected as the “Command Chief for a Day” will spend the day shadowing Clark to learn what it takes to be a command chief.
This month’s Command Chief for a Day participant is Staff Sgt. Eric Dasher from the 335th Training Squadron.
How do you contribute to the 81st TRW mission?
I teach the precision measurement and equipment laboratory basic course at the 335th TRS. I also mentor them on many Air Force and life issues that they may encounter during their careers. I help the 81st TRW mission by educating and delivering quality Airmen to the operational force.
What is one thing you hope to accomplish while at Keesler?
I’d like to make technical sergeant and learn as much as I can.
What has been your biggest lesson learned in the Air Force?
It’s important to treat all Air Force members as people regardless of rank. When officers go home at night they take off their uniforms and are human too. By focusing on the humanistic side of co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, and superiors I’ve gained their respect. It also breaks down some barriers allowing the “One Team, One Fight” mentality to flow greater within work centers.
Who inspires you?
Master Sgt. Cameron Hickey who is our career field training manager. When I came to Keesler I had many ideas about how things are, how things are supposed to go and what my role is in the Air Force. He opened my eyes, through his example and mentorship, so I could see that even the smallest piece of the puzzle or lowest ranking NCO or Airman can have a huge effect on the larger picture. He’s inspired me to work harder to fix problems I see rather than complain about them. From his guidance I’ve began to look outside my bubble for opportunities to better both myself and the Air Force.
What is your number one goal?
My goal is that when I leave Keesler I want to look back at my time here and know that I did my job to the best of my abilities, leaving nothing on the table and having no regrets.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d like to finish my degree in space studies, go to officer training school . . . if an old man waiver exists, and get into the space operations career field. If the OTS door is closed for me then I’d continue working hard to someday make chief master sergeant.