Command Chief for a Day: SrA Kadeem Daniel

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(This interview is Part 6 of an open-ended series featuring members of Team Keesler selected for the Command Chief for a Day program.)


Chief Master Sgt. Vegas Clark, 81st Training Wing command chief, created a program called Command Chief for a Day at Keesler which highlights outstanding enlisted performers from around the 81st TRW.


Each Airman selected as the “Command Chief for a Day” spends the day shadowing Clark to learn what it takes to be a command chief.


This month’s Command Chief for a Day participant is Senior Airman Kadeem Daniel from the 81st Contracting Squadron.


Job description and how do you contribute to the 81st TRW mission?  


I contribute to the 81st TRW mission by providing support if a squadron needs supplies, trained professionals to provide a service, or construction and remodel work. Our role is to make sure every squadron here on this base is well equipped to do their jobs and to do their jobs efficiently.


What is one thing you hope to accomplish while at Keesler?


The one thing I hope to accomplish is to make the Airmen that I train, mentor or influence better than I could have imagined for myself. Progression is the name of the game. Time and time again, I see individuals help themselves as opposed to helping the team members around them. I whole-heartedly believe we can’t progress and get better if our fellow Airmen and our peers are no better than they were yesterday. I have a personal goal of making technical sergeant and learn as much as I can along the way.


What has been your biggest lesson learned in the Air Force?


The biggest lesson I have learned stems from the phrase, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. If I want to better my Air Force or my situation, it has to start with me first.


Who inspires you?


The person that inspires me the most would have to be my supervisor, Tech. Sgt. Thulin. He has been a huge mentor of mine. I’ve never seen someone take so much pride in all aspects of his job. He is the embodiment of excellence in all we do.


What is your number one goal?


My number one goal is to commission and become a nurse in the Air Force.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?


I hope to be a commissioned nurse and hopefully command a medical flight and eventually a medical squadron.