Year of the NCO; Tech. Sgt. Cody Correll

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  • By Christopher Parr
  • 932nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Today we spotlight Tech. Sgt. Cody Correll, 932nd Airlift Wing, client systems technician

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

CC: Coming straight from the Airman’s Creed, in my opinion an NCO is a Wingman, Leader, and Warrior. Above all else our NCO’s should strive to be the best they can in each of these categories.

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

CC: An NCO is responsible for ensuring the mission is being executed successfully and their Airman are being effectively lead. They are the boots on the ground as well as leadership’s eye and ears when it comes to daily ops.

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

CC: I think there’s a big difference between becoming an NCO and becoming a deserving NCO. To become that deserving NCO you need to be reliable. Reliable to both your Airman as well as your leaders. They need to know they can count on you when it matters most.

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

CC: Exposure. Throughout my career I’ve strived to be the best Airman I could be and my values as an AB are the same as my value as a TSgt. The major change has been the exposure to greater opportunities to lead and execute our mission.

932AW: What advice would you offer Airman?

CC: Listen is the best advice I could give. Effectively listening to your Airman as well as your leaders increases the likelihood of first time quality and better prepares you for the choices you make.

932AW: Do you have a mentor or anyone that helped you in career to becoming an NCO?

CC: I have without a doubt had mentors that have helped build and molded me into the NCO I am today. I good to keep in mind that not all mentors need to be military or even your superior. A good leader can learn from anyone. Many of my most impactful mentors were individuals of lower rank and non-military.

Thank you Tech. Sgt. Correll for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.