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First female command chief appointed in 122nd's 67-year history

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 2:48 am

The 122nd Fighter Wing held a command chief change of authority and promotion ceremony Sept 14, ushering in the unit's first female command chief in its 67-year history.

Christine A. Hutchins was promoted to chief master sergeant and Chief Master Sgt. James E. Salway II passed the responsibilities of the position of the 122nd Fighter Wing onto Hutchins. Salway has been selected to serve as the state command chief for the Indiana Air National Guard at Joint Force Headquarters in Indianapolis.

Hutchins began her career in 1982 enlisting here as an administrative communications clerk in the Combat Support Squadron. She has served in various positions including personnel administrative assistant, commanders assistant, base records manager, information management, C4 Plans, and cyber systems manager. She holds a master degree in organizational leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology and has been awarded with many superior performer recognitions and is highly decorated as an information management craftsman.

Hutchins took the opportunity to address the formation gathered for the ceremony.

“I'm both honored and excited about being selected to serve as the next 122nd Fighter Wing Command chief – I am eager to have the chance to be your enlisted voice,” Hutchins said in a news release.

Hutchins shared her understanding that change is a constant factor in the Air National Guard illustrated by sharing that she has personally changed AFSC's and taken part in aircraft conversions three times in her career.

In attendance was Indiana Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Brig. Gen Jeffrey Hauser, retired Maj. Gen Frank Hettlinger, Hutchins father and former Air National Guard Commander of Indiana, David L. Augustine, 122nd Fighter Wing Commander, James Gordon, Indiana Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj., Mr. Paul Lagemann, representative for Sen. Dan Coats, family and friends of both Salway and Hutchins.