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Command Chief Master Sergeant of the ANG 'spreads the aloha'

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, shares the lunch hour with Airmen of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Nov. 9, 2014. The luncheon provided an opportunity for the Airmen to share their various experiences with the Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, shares the lunch hour with Airmen of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Nov. 9, 2014. The luncheon provided an opportunity for the Airmen to share their various experiences with the Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, address Airman from the 154 Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, during a Town Hall Meeting at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Nov. 9, 2014.  Hotaling encouraged the Airmen to renew their commitment to the profession of arms through the Air Force core values, focus on performance and training, and the deliberate development of Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, address Airman from the 154 Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, during a Town Hall Meeting at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Nov. 9, 2014. Hotaling encouraged the Airmen to renew their commitment to the profession of arms through the Air Force core values, focus on performance and training, and the deliberate development of Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, performs push-ups with newly recruited Kaimana Mattson, Hawaii Air National Guard, during a Town Hall Meeting at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Nov. 9, 2014. Mattson is a prospective recruit for the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron in student flight and is awaiting orders for Basic Military Training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, performs push-ups with newly recruited Kaimana Mattson, Hawaii Air National Guard, during a Town Hall Meeting at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Nov. 9, 2014. Mattson is a prospective recruit for the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron in student flight and is awaiting orders for Basic Military Training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard met with Airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard here Nov. 4-12.

Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling was up to the task of delivering command messages and relaying the pulse of more than 91,000 men and women comprising the enlisted ranks of the Air National Guard ... taking it one unit and one Airman at a time.

"The importance of getting out of Washington, D.C., and actually getting into the operational Air National Guard organizations, from the office of the Command Chief's perspective, is that we have to understand reality" said Hotaling. "The only way that you can do that is by talking and seeing the Airmen in action."

In town-hall styled meetings, Hotaling talked about his key focus areas such as renewing of the commitment to the profession of arms, the health of the force, and embracing the accomplishments of Airmen.

"No matter what status you're in, you're always an Airman, so that's important," Hotaling said. "This profession of arms, the things that we do for our nation, must be the utmost priority for all of us in the Air National Guard."

A second key focus area had Hotaling underscoring the importance of health and how it impacts the mission.

"The second thing I tell Airmen is be healthy," Hotaling said. "It's resilience. Whether it's physical resilience, mental resilience, social or spiritual resilience, you've got to be that whole Airman to be the best Air National Guardsman you can be."

Hotaling's third focus area centered on recognition. He said Airmen must be recognized for the outstanding jobs they do and presented his coin to several deserving Airmen.

"Recognize and embrace the fact that we are awesome in what we do every single day in the Air National Guard," he said. "We need to make sure as supervisors and leadership that we recognize the Airmen for what they do."

The town-hall meetings provided a means and venue to facilitate discussions between Hotaling and large groups of Airmen, there were however, opportunities for Hotaling to connect with Airmen one-on-one as he visited the individual units that comprise the HIANG.

The visits were not limited to the HIANG's main complex on the island of Oahu. Hotaling was able to visit geographically separated units such as the 293rd Combat Communications Squadron on the island of Kauai and the Mount Kaala Air Force Station located on top of Oahu's highest peak.

While visiting the 291st Combat Communications Squadron on the island of Hawaii, Hotaling was able to go through up close what an Airman in the HIANG experiences. Hotaling was able to shadow an Airman as he assisted with security in an area affected by an active lava flow.

"It's been a unique experience spending time with you at the Hawaii Air National Guard," Hotaling said. "We've spent an entire week going to see not only the unique operations within the wing, but out at your GSUs and we see resilient Airmen, we see adaptable Airmen. The Hawaii Air National Guard continues to impress not just locally, but nationally."