36th WG/CCC outlines goals, priorities Published Feb. 7, 2010 By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Since he arrived on the scene in January to assume the 36th Wing's highest enlisted position, Command Chief Master Sgt. Allen Mullinex has made his rounds around the wing, meeting and greeting Team Andersen Airmen and gaining insight into the broad mission here. The mission at Andersen provides an opportunity for him as he settles in his first command chief assignment. "I'm looking forward to helping Airmen accomplish the mission and grow to become tomorrow's leaders," Chief Mullinex said. The Grand Lake, Colo., native has served in the Air Force for 24 years and has seen the evolution and innovation of the force. "That's what I love about our Air Force," Chief Mullinex said. "If you don't like change, you have to go somewhere else because our Air Force is about innovation and leadership. That's what keeps us at the forefront of being the most powerful Air Force in the world because we learn and grow. Sometimes we make mistakes, but we're always leaning forward to be the best at everything we do." Chief Mullinex cited accomplishing the mission first, taking care of Airmen and families, and being good wingmen on and off duty as his three priorities as command chief. Those priorities fall in line with 36th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Phil Ruhlman's priorities for the wing. Chief Mullinex honed his leadership skills while in the aerospace ground equipment career field. He attributed his time in AGE as a prime opportunity for him to grow due to the career field's diversity. "I had the opportunity to lead people at a very young age," Chief Mullinex said. "By the time I was a tech sergeant, I was responsible for 40-plus Airmen. A lot of Airmen in our force don't have that opportunity." In his first month of duty here, Chief Mullinex acknowledged Team Andersen has made a solid first impression. "I'm very impressed by our Airmen," Chief Mullinex said. "I think our Airmen are professional and are hard workers." As the top enlisted leader, Chief Mullinex vowed to help Team Andersen's Airmen keep on track to accomplish the 36th Wing mission - to employ, deploy, integrate and enable air and space forces from the most forward U.S. sovereign Air Force base in the Pacific. "The Airmen of Team Andersen accomplish the mission," Chief Mullinex said. "I'm here to work for them. I help by listening to their needs and by being their voice. That's how I help because I can talk to senior leaders about what they need and make sure they get what they need to get the mission done." While Chief Mullinex plans to do everything within his realm of authority to assist the Airmen of the 36th Wing, he makes the promise with an intended reciprocation of high expectations from Team Andersen. "In doing that, I'll expect high standards of excellence and integrity because without that, we can't get the mission done," Chief Mullinex said. "If they're doing that, then it makes my job easy."