YARS bids farewell to command chief

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  • By Staff Sgt. Rachel Kocin
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. Steven Larwood, command chief of the 910th Airlift Wing, retired from the Air Force Reserve after 33 years, at a ceremony held in his honor here, Dec. 5, 2015. The ceremony was held in Hangar 305 with many members of the 910th in attendance as well as Chief Larwood’s family and friends.

“Today, we’re here to celebrate a stellar career and stellar Airman with a big A, Steve Larwood, 33 years of selfless service,” said Col. James Dignan, 910th Airlift Wing commander.

As command chief, Larwood advised the commander on matters concerning the morale, health, welfare and effective utilization of wing reservists.

Larwood enlisted in the Air Force in October 1983, attended Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, graduated from security police school and then spent his first assignment at Griffiss Air Force Base, New York.

Larwood, spent the first 10 years of his career on active duty, as he served as a Security Forces Member and a recruiter. Prior to his command chief assignments, he served as an Education and Training Manager. He also held a full-time Air Reserve Technician position as a career enhancement assistant chief.

Later, he held two first sergeant positions and prior to his assignment at YARS, he served two assignments as Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 914th Airlift Wing at Niagara Air Reserve Station, New York and 22nd Air Force at Dobbins Air Force Base, Georgia.

 “Everybody counts. This has been my message to you throughout my time here as your Command Chief, many jobs, one mission, every airman counts,” said Larwood.

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Potts has been selected by Col. James Dignan, commander of the 910th Airlift Wing, to replace Larwood as the wing's Command Chief.

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