by Staff Sgt. Amber Kelly-Herard
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
10/29/2012 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air
Mobility Command enlisted men and women will present Gen. Raymond E.
Johns Jr., the prestigious Order of the Sword in a formal ceremony here,
Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Scott Club. More than 300 Airmen from
across the command are expected to attend.
Johns was formally notified of his selection for this award in August
amidst a sea of Airmen in front of the Headquarters Air Mobility Command
"We were able to keep it a total surprise, and he was quite humbled with
the honor," said Chief Master Sgt. Andy Kaiser, AMC command chief. "As
General Johns relinquishes command of AMC, this is an opportunity for
the enlisted corps to recognize him for all he has done in support of
Mobility Airmen around the globe."
The Order of the Sword is the highest honor enlisted Airmen can bestow
upon a leader. The ceremony is conducted by NCOs to honor leaders who
have made significant contributions to the enlisted corps. The sword is
presented as a symbol of truth, justice and power rightfully used.
During his three-plus years of command, Johns has been instrumental in
driving the funding and professional development of nearly 500 key
quality of life initiatives, positively impacting more than 135,000
Mobility Air Forces Airmen and their families worldwide.
"General Johns understands that Mobility Airmen can be tasked at any
time to answer the call of others and be taken away from their
families," said Kaiser, who will serve as the Chief Master Sergeant of
the Mess at the event. "He appreciates the fact they remain ready to
respond at a moment's notice, and values the contributions that each
Airman brings to the fight."
"The Order of the Sword ceremony is a rare event that not everyone will
get a chance to witness in their military careers," said Kaiser. "I
encourage the AMC enlisted members who are able to attend to take
advantage of this historic opportunity."
Johns will become the tenth recipient of AMC's Order of the Sword.
Previous recipients include: Gen. Arthur Lichte, Gen. Duncan McNabb,
Gen. John W. Handy, Gen. Charles T. Robertson, Brig. Gen. Steven A.
Roser, Gen. Walter Kross, Lt. Gen. Malcolm B. Armstrong, Gen. Ronald
Fogleman and Gen. Hansford T. Johnson.
Enlisted members interested in attending this event should contact their
respective command chief for additional details and ticket information.