by Senior Master Sgt. Dean J. Miller
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
7/23/2013 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air
Force Space Command's newest Command Chief completed his first 30 days
in office early this month having met with each AFSPC A-staff director,
visited with Airmen of Colorado Springs and Alaska-based AFSPC units,
the 45th Space Wing at Patrick AFB, Fla., and conducted his first
AFSPC-Headquarters enlisted call.
Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre also attended a Chief Master Sergeant
of the Air Force-led enlisted board of directors meeting of major
command command chiefs and represented AFSPC at a Senior NCO Academy
Graduation and at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo - the largest annual
military community relations event in Colorado Springs.
While AFSPC missions and people are new to Chief McIntyre, the
leadership responsibilities are not. Chief McIntyre has served the Air
Force since 1984, was promoted to chief master sergeant in 2004, and
served as a command chief at four previous postings. His last assignment
was at U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, a dual-responsibility
billet at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
After a whirlwind month, the Chief shared his first impressions of the command and its people.
Q: You've knocked out your first 30 days as AFSPC Command Chief, what are your first impressions?
A: Impressed would be the best word to start with. AFSPC is made up of a
dedicated group of professionals who bring a one-of-a-kind mission set
to our nation.
Q: How does AFSPC compare to other missions/Command Chief roles you've been responsible for?
A: First, let me say I'm humbled and blessed that General Shelton has
given me the opportunity to represent the Enlisted Force of AFSPC. I've
been a Command Chief in U.S. Air Forces Europe, Air Forces Central, Air
Combat Command and Pacific Air Forces previously with different
operations and missions, but nothing compares to the Space and Cyber
mission set. Right now I'm in education and receive mode to understand
our mission and get out and meet our Airmen.
Q: Please share a little about your personal background and your family.
A: The beginning of my career may be quite familiar to many of our
Airmen, I worked in the supply career field and, to this day, I remember
certain stock numbers. I never dreamed I would be a command chief.
However, I'm grateful for all the early experiences of my career; I've
always felt if you forget where you're from, you'll get lost where
you're going. So, this is a very humbling opportunity for me.
My wife Tanya served four years active duty before going to nursing
school; and both my daughters were born on the Air Force birthday two
years apart. So you can truly call us an Air Force family. We are very
happy to be part of the AFSPC team and the Colorado Springs community; I
can't think of a better place for our family to be.
Q: Would you share a personal mentoring moment that made a significant
difference in your life/career or that you made in another Airman's
A: One of my greatest challenges as a supervisor was when I was the wing
command chief at Dyess AFB, Texas. I had a brand new executive
assistant for a week and his eight-year-old son was killed by a drunk
driver. I had just finished a year deployed as a command chief and
nothing there hit me as hard as this did. This young man and I grew
together to navigate through a very trying time. He thought I would
replace him, but I told him this was the time the Air Force will rally
around him and take care of his family. I can report today he has been
promoted to technical sergeant and is doing very well. The courage he
showed help me grow as a leader and father; Tech. Sgt. Matthew Mantanona
taught me far more than I taught him, and that is the freshest memory I
have of making a difference in an individual Airman's life.
Q: During your career, several mentors have invested in you; what advice have you received that made the greatest impact?
A: I've been fortunate to have some really great examples to follow
during my career. It is really hard to point to just one piece of advice
or one mentor. Some common threads have been integrity, credibility,
caring for your Airmen and tying them into the mission for that sense of
ownership. The best leaders I've worked around all had those
Q: You have a special responsibility to the commander, how would you characterize that mission and the associated challenges?
A: Our MAJCOM has a one-of-a-kind mission. The Space and Cyberspace
capabilities we offer the joint force and the nation are not duplicated
anywhere else. The mix of active duty, total force, civilians and
contractors provide the expertise to make it all happen. My challenge is
to represent our command the best I can. I have to make sure the
enlisted corps understands the vision and mission of the command, and in
turn update General Shelton on initiatives we are working on to develop
the next generation of Airmen within the command and the Air Force.
Q: What do you believe makes AFSPC unique, and what do you see as your
most daunting task as Command Chief? And how will you proceed?
A: As I mentioned previously, there is no other command that does what
we do. Our Airmen who control and update GPS satellites for three
billion global users is just the start. The cyber capabilities of 24th
Air Force are amazing and so embedded into everything that we do it goes
almost unnoticed because they do it so well. In addition to those
things unique to the command, we are all American Airmen and we do what
all Airmen do in our World Champion Air Force. We have AFSPC Airmen
deployed to all corners of the globe making expeditionary missions
happen, and at each AFSPC installation we have support Airmen enabling
that one-of-a-kind mission set. Without the entire team it wouldn't
work. My most daunting task is to work hard every day to remove any
obstacles that I can so our Airmen can execute their mission. What most
motivated Airmen want to do above all is to go out
and get the mission done. In these challenging times, leadership has to help them be innovative to get that done.
Q: You shared a unique perspective on the Air Force Core Values at your
first Enlisted Call, could you please expand on that here?
A: Our Air Force is the youngest service by far and we are known to be
adaptive and not bound by the rules of the ground. It should be expected
we change, but one thing that hasn't changed since their inception are
the core values. My belief is that we got them right the first time so
there is no reason to change. Integrity. Service. Excellence. The only
one that anyone
has ever challenged me on is "Excellence in All We Do." I get it;
everyone isn't excellent in all that they do. The way I interrupt that
negative thought is by emphasizing that we strive for excellence in all
we do. The little blue book of old said "Excellence in all we do directs
us to develop a sustained passion for continued improvement and
innovation." The bottom
line is to strive to be the best Airman that you can be.
Q: In your new position, what do you see as your primary goal where developing the enlisted force is concerned?
A: Regardless of our individual specialties or mission, we are all
Airmen. My primary goal is to concentrate on our core competencies as
Airmen and work the different enlisted issues that impact readiness and
development of the force.
Q: What initial messages/priorities do you have for AFSPC enlisted members?
A: I'm honored to be on your team and will do my best to represent you.
Focus on the mission you have at hand and trust your leadership is
working hard to navigate through these challenging times.
Q: Tell us about, "World Champion Airmen." What is that all about?
A: When I was a deployed command chief and we would watch different
sports championships I would tell the Airmen that they too are
champions. I continued to refine this message, and today, I talk about
the team our Airmen belong to as the World Champion Air Force. Each day
you get to put that uniform on you are part of a World Championship team
because nobody can do what your Air Force can do.
Q: What is the most important advice you could give to those striving to navigate our Air Force during this turbulent time?
A: Don't worry about the things you can't control. Things change; we
can't operate the way we did in the past. Focus on the mission at hand
and look for smarter ways to get the mission done. Our force has been
evolving my entire career and it will continue to do so long after I'm
retired. As enlisted members we need to be part of that evolution and
carry out change.
Q: Regarding the most serious issues of our day - sexual assault
prevention and suicide prevention - what are your thoughts on these
A: These issues involve Airmen getting hurt and as a leader you never
want that. Sexual assault prevention is a top priority in the Defense
Department. We have to be part of the solution in all these issues. In
the basic sense it comes down to Airmen taking care of Airmen, in other
words being a good Wingman. All of our senior leaders have said we must
sexual assault problem and be part of the solution. The Air Force has
created a Special Victims' Counsel program to help victims navigate
through the aftermath of an assault. The program assigns the victim a
lawyer to be there from start to finish of their case to mitigate as
many hardships as possible.
Our job is to prevent these issues in the first place. That starts with
zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior in the work place or off duty.
Little things build on each other to create an unhealthy environment.
We must enforce a professional environment that sustains our core values
so it is clear to all that predatory behavior isn't tolerated in our
Suicide is another issue that we must continue to focus on.
Comprehensive Airmen Fitness isn't a suicide prevention program; in fact
it isn't a program at all. It is meant to be a culture where Airmen use
the spiritual, social, mental and physical pillars to create a
healthier lifestyle. Most suicides come down to a loss of hope, and a
feeling there is no way out. It's my belief if you use the four pillars
of CAF it will create more things in your life to sustain you during
difficult times. It is everyone's job to recognize the signs of suicide
and act on those signs to help our fellow Airmen. Let me be clear: we
need ALL of our Airmen -- one loss is one too many.
Q: Any final thoughts for us today?
A: Again, I'm humbled to have this opportunity to represent the AFSPC
enlisted force. As I work with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Cody and the other MAJCOM command chiefs to chart the course for the
enlisted force, I'll do my best to represent all of you. Thanks to you
and your family for all you do for our World Champion Air Force and our