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Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Stein, guest speaker, delivers key points about being a new chief master sergeant during the chief master sergeant induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. Stein highlighted how every chief master sergeant was once the lowest rank of Airman at the beginning of their career and to always remember what it feels like to be that Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Stein, guest speaker, delivers key points about being a new chief master sergeant during the chief master sergeant induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. Stein highlighted how every chief master sergeant was once the lowest rank of Airman at the beginning of their career and to always remember what it feels like to be that Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent, stands at attention as candle lighters exit the stage during the chief master sergeant induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. The candle lighting ceremony is a tradition practiced across the Air Force, each candle symbolizes the different ranks a chief has held throughout their career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent, stands at attention as candle lighters exit the stage during the chief master sergeant induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. The candle lighting ceremony is a tradition practiced across the Air Force, each candle symbolizes the different ranks a chief has held throughout their career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine, 17th Training Wing command chief, present Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent with an award, formally recognizing him as one of the newest chief master sergeant selects in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine, 17th Training Wing command chief, present Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent with an award, formally recognizing him as one of the newest chief master sergeant selects in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent, delivers comments during the chief master sergeant induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. Shirley spoke about his life and career, encouraging Airmen that it doesn’t matter where you have started from, with hard work, you can get to where you want to be. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent, delivers comments during the chief master sergeant induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. Shirley spoke about his life and career, encouraging Airmen that it doesn’t matter where you have started from, with hard work, you can get to where you want to be. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent, stands with active duty and retired E-9s from the Air Force and sister services during the induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. Only 1 percent of the enlisted structure in the Air Force are chief master sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent, stands with active duty and retired E-9s from the Air Force and sister services during the induction ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021. Only 1 percent of the enlisted structure in the Air Force are chief master sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The 17th Training Wing celebrated the Air Force’s newest chief master sergeant select, during an induction ceremony here, Feb. 25.

Only 1% of the total enlisted force are selected to hold the rank of chief master sergeant, which is the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force.

“Don’t forget where you came from,” said retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Stein, guest speaker who also works at the 17th TRW. “All chiefs in the Air Force begin their journey by walking across the parade field at Lackland Air Force Base.”

This 1% is in charge of providing highly effective leadership and managing teams to accomplish the mission. Chief master sergeants translate leaders’ direction into specific tasks and responsibilities while also developing the next generation of Airmen into leaders and supervisors of the future.

“My role as a chief is to represent possibilities,” said Chief Master Sgt. select Aaron Shirley, 316th Training Squadron operations superintendent. “It is my job to prove the environment you grew up in does not create a glass ceiling, with hard work you can rise above it.”

Congratulations to Chief select Aaron Shirley, the newest addition to the top 1% of the Air Force!