For blue suiters past and present, the selection of the next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is an important barometer. By choosing a new CMSAF, the service's Chief of Staff sends an important message about his views on the enlisted force, and how it will be represented in the years to come.
On Friday, Chief Master Sergeant James Roy was named as the 16th CMSAF of the Air Force. He will take office next month, following the retirement of his predecessor, CMSAF Rodney McKinley. Chief Roy has something of a non-traditional background for his new job, as we detail for Examiner.com.