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News | July 17, 2008

Inspire or retire: new USSTRATCOM Command Chief defines options

By SSgt. Alicia Prakash U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – Chief Master Sergeant Thomas S. Narofsky, the senior enlisted advisor at United States Strategic Command as of June 27, is inspiring the members of the command.

Narofsky began his position as the USSTRATCOM command chief upon Master Chief William N. Nissen's retirement and has been visible within the halls of USSTRATCOM and throughout the community. Narofsky is a leader in the command and looks to create more leaders along the way.

""I want people that think,"" he said. ""So we want to develop leaders""

He said if you develop followers, they will ""'follow' a leader right off a cliff"" instead of warning a leader of the immediate dangers ahead.

Narofsky believes the function of every junior enlisted member to senior non-commissioned officer is to lead people and execute the mission. He created a formula called the ""Inspire or Retire Theorem. ""

Through this theorem, the chief encourages leaders to inspire troops to great heights of professional growth and mission accomplishment or retire so another leader can inspire them.

""As a leader you impact your troops daily and your leadership legacy will be determined by how well you live your career in front of them,"" Narofsky said. ""[Your troops] look to see if you believe in the mission of the Armed Forces and they look to see if you believe in them. ""

Prior to coming to USSTRATCOM, Narofsky was the command chief for the 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base and USSTRATCOM Joint Functional Component Command Space. He was also the command chief at 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait and 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, OK.

His major awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

For more information about Narofsky,click here for his biography.