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News | Jan. 22, 2009

USSTRATCOM leaders illuminate enlisted role in command

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

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – While many New Year's resolutions include stopping a bad habit or losing weight, the leaders at U.S. Strategic Command resolve to gain more recognition for the USSTRATCOM enlisted forces.

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USSTRATCOM commander, andChief Master Sgt. Thomas S. Narofsky, USSTRATCOM senior enlisted advisor, have designated 2009 as the ""Year of the Enlisted Global Warfighter. ""

"It is important to highlight the accomplishments of the enlisted who work day to day making STRATCOM mission happen," Narofsky said.

The intended purpose for this year-long campaign is not only to spotlight the enlisted members, but also to educate them as to how they fit into the big picture.

"Along with the launch of the JPME (Joint Professional Military Education) Web site, the Year of the Enlisted Global Warfighter will make the enlisted core more aware," he said.

Narofsky expects that The Year of the Enlisted Global Warfighter focus should answer questions like these:

  • How does an Air Force staff sergeant working in the J386 (Nuclear Planning Execution System) section enable USSTRATCOM mission to happen?"
  • How does a Navy machinist's mate on USS Nebraska understand how he enables the STRATCOM mission?"

Throughout the year, the Command will recognize individual enlisted members and units who contribute directly to the mission by way of awards, photos and articles. In addition, senior enlisted leaders from Joint Functional Component Commands and other Combatant Commands (COCOMs) will make special visits to USSTRATCOM Headquarters and supporting units.

"When our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines leave this command, I want them to be better educated and more aware of USSTRATCOM and of other COCOMS," Narofsky said.

For more information about the Year of the Enlisted Global Warfighter, visit /yearofenlisted/.

For more information about USSTRATCOM, visit