Year of the NCO; Tech. Sgt. Christopher Perrino

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Today we spotlight Tech. Sgt. Christopher Perrino, 932nd Airman and Family Readiness NCO

932nd AW: In just a few words what is an NCO?

CP: A Non-Commissioned Officer is someone who is a mentor, a leader and someone who sets the example for the Airman.


932nd AW: In your words, what are some responsibilities of an NCO?

CP: The responsibilities of an NCO are to manage day to day operations and supervise your subordinates. While supervising your subordinates, you need to teach, mentor and grow their technical and professional knowledge.  


932nd AW: What do you think it takes to become an NCO?

CP: In order to become a good NCO, you need to be knowledgeable in your career field in order to teach the Airman. You also need to be a great communicator and listener for your Airman as well. You want to set them up for success personally and professionally, because one day they will replace you.     


932nd AW: What changed from being an Airman to becoming an NCO?

CP: The thing that changed for me when going from Airman to NCO was going to Airman Leadership School. Being in ALS, the light bulb came on for me. As an Airman, you really never see the big picture or fully understand why we do this or that. After I completed ALS, I understood the overall big picture of the Air Force and how it works behind the scenes, but most of all, I understood my purpose as an NCO. That purpose is to set the example of the core values and lead by that example. Also you want to set your subordinates and peers up for success both professionally and personally, so when it comes time to pass the torch, you know that you left things better than you found them.

 Thank you Tech. Sgt. Perrino for sharing and being an outstanding NCO!