by Elsa Martinez
433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
1/8/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The
fifth Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force inspired members of the 433rd
Airlift Wing and their guests at the Alamo Wing's second annual awards
banquet at the Gateway Club Jan. 5.
Chief Master Sgt. Robert D. Gaylord, who retired in 1979, regaled guests
with anecdotes about his 31-year career that led to his formula for
success of opportunity, aptitude and attitude. But, he added, the most
valuable asset to a well-rounded life was the continued pursuit of
"Never stop learning," he remarked. "You must wake up every morning and
know that you are open to learning something new will enrich your life
and those around you."
"It was an honor and a privilege to have a true Air Force living legend,
Chief Gaylor as the guest speaker for our ceremony," said Col. Jeffrey
T. Pennington, 433rd Airlift Wing commander. "The military and civilian
award winners exemplified all the qualities Chief Gaylor covered. I
guarantee wing leadership will continue to relay the importance of
education to our Airmen. Only through continued learning will our Airmen
and civilian force be ready to handle the challenges which lay ahead
for the Air Force and our wing in the 21st Century."