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Senior enlisted adviser visits 109th AW

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, Senior Enlisted Adviser for the National Guard Bureau, presents Tech. Sgt. Keith Eriole (left), 109th Force Support Squadron, and Staff Sgt. David Ricks, 109th Maintenance Group, with a chief's coin in recognition for their assistance to the 109th's chief's council.  (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William M. Gizara/Released)

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, Senior Enlisted Adviser for the National Guard Bureau, presents Tech. Sgt. Keith Eriole (left), 109th Force Support Squadron, and Staff Sgt. David Ricks, 109th Maintenance Group, with a chief's coin in recognition for their assistance to the 109th's chief's council. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William M. Gizara/Released)

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, senior enlisted adviser for the National Guard Bureau, speaks to 109th Airlift Wing Airmen during an enlisted call at Stratton Air National Guard Base on Sept. 26, 2013. Brush took a tour of the base and was also the guest speaker at the Wing's annual Senior NCO Induction Ceremony that evening. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William M. Gizara/Released)

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, senior enlisted adviser for the National Guard Bureau, speaks to 109th Airlift Wing Airmen during an enlisted call at Stratton Air National Guard Base on Sept. 26, 2013. Brush took a tour of the base and was also the guest speaker at the Wing's annual Senior NCO Induction Ceremony that evening. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William M. Gizara/Released)

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, Senior Enlisted Adviser for the National Guard Bureau, speaks to attendees of the 109th Airlift Wing's annual Senior NCO Induction Ceremony on Sept. 26, 2013. Brush also took a tour of Stratton Air National Guard Base earlier that day and held an enlisted call for the Wing's Airmen. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William M. Gizara/Released)

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, Senior Enlisted Adviser for the National Guard Bureau, speaks to attendees of the 109th Airlift Wing's annual Senior NCO Induction Ceremony on Sept. 26, 2013. Brush also took a tour of Stratton Air National Guard Base earlier that day and held an enlisted call for the Wing's Airmen. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. William M. Gizara/Released)

SCOTIA, N.Y. -- Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, Senior Enlisted Adviser for the National Guard Bureau, visited the 109th Airlift Wing on Sept. 26, which included a special appearance at the wing's annual Senior NCO Induction Ceremony.

Brush began his visit to the wing with a lunch with the first sergeants and shortly after was given a brief of the Wing's mission and how it supports the National Science Foundation. After a tour of the Wellness Center, Airmen throughout the base filled the Aircrew Briefing Room for an enlisted call.

"Tell your story," Brush told the audience. He said that everyone in the Air National Guard is a recruiter, not just the ones who hold the job title. He told Airmen to talk about their job and the unit's mission to friends and family.

The chief also stressed the importance of being a good leader and training the Airmen who will one day be moving up.

"Make sure there's someone there to fill the void because someday you're going to get promoted," he said. "Someday you're going to move to a different organization. You might even become a command chief. And if you don't have a bench of people to replace you, then whose fault is that?"

Before leaving, 109th AW Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto recognized both Tech. Sgt. Keith Eriole, of the 109th Force Support Squadron, and Staff Sgt. David Ricks, of the 109th Maintenance Group, for the work they've done in helping the chiefs out. Brush presented both of them with a chief's coin.

Brush closed the enlisted call by thanking the wing's Airmen.

"Thanks for what you do. Thanks for telling your story," he said.

As the senior enlisted adviser, Brush advises the National Guard Bureau chief on all enlisted matters affecting training, effective utilization, health of the force, and enlisted professional development. He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in 1987 and joined the Montana Air National Guard in 1994.