Chief Grasp Sgt. John Bentivegna has been an area operator for over 25 years
(U.S. SPACE FORCE) – Chief Grasp Sgt. John F. Bentivegna was chosen on Might 5 to develop into the subsequent Chief Grasp Sergeant of the Area Pressure.
Bentivegna is at the moment serving because the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief Operations Officer and the Enlisted Area Methods Operations Profession Subject Supervisor at Headquarters Area Pressure, Washington D.C.
In making his choice, Chief of Area Operations Gen. Likelihood Saltzman mentioned, “I wanted somebody that may convey a perspective on our future that was articulated in another way from mine.”
“Somebody who may problem my assumptions and be sure that necessary points have been evaluated from a number of angles and would catch issues I missed,” Saltzman continued.
“All of the candidates had super expertise, abilities, and experience and it made it a detailed run.”
This was an open choice course of and any Area Pressure chief grasp sergeant with 22 years’ time in service and three years’ time in grade may apply.
Saltzman chosen Bentivegna from a gaggle of 5 candidates who underwent a four-day analysis course of that vetted their abilities and management capabilities.
The method, together with private interviews with every candidate, helped Saltzman make his closing resolution by giving him information on how the chiefs carried out in numerous workouts and assessments.
“Chief Bentivegna brings a wealth of operational expertise, a dedication to caring for our Guardians, and the spirit wanted to take our service to the subsequent stage,” Saltzman mentioned.
Bentivegna has been an area operator for greater than 25 years, and has held positions on the squadron, group, wing, Numbered Air Pressure, Subject Command, and Headquarters Air and Area Pressure ranges.
“It’s overwhelming and extremely humbling to be provided the chance to develop into the subsequent Chief Grasp Sergeant of the Area Pressure” Bentivegna defined.
“I’m actually excited to have that chance to work subsequent to Common Saltzman to assist fulfill his imaginative and prescient for the place the service must go.”
“We’ve got run actually quick to develop the service and form what it’s going to be,” Bentivegna continued.
“We’ve got charted a imaginative and prescient for the longer term, and I need to ship that imaginative and prescient to our Guardians and the joint pressure. I do know that is going to take collaboration, communication, coverage, and processes to make that occur. I’m humbled that I get to be the one to champion these efforts for them sooner or later.”
As the subsequent CMSSF, Bentivegna might be appointed because the Area Pressure’s highest noncommissioned officer place, making him solely the second particular person in historical past to carry the title.
“Chief Towberman was the primary Chief Grasp Sergeant of the Area Pressure, and there was nobody higher to information us by means of that preliminary launch section of the Area Pressure. Identical to precise house launch, there’s quite a lot of anticipation, it’s thrilling, it’s energetic, it’s violent, however it was additionally so critically necessary,” Bentivegna mentioned.
“He was the enlisted chief that bought us out of the ambiance and into orbit. Now I’ll have the chance to work with our Guardians to proceed getting them combat-ready.”
“He’s been proper right here with us each step of the best way,” mentioned Chief Grasp Sgt. of the Area Pressure Roger A. Towberman.
“He is aware of the place we’ve been and believes in the place we’re going. I couldn’t be happier for our Guardians or extra pleased with the way it’s all coming collectively. He’s precisely who we want proper now.”
Bentivegna joined the U.S. Air Pressure in August 1994 and transferred to the U.S. Area Pressure in September 2020.
He began his profession as a Precision Measurement Tools Lab Technician at McGuire Air Pressure Base, N.J., earlier than cross-training to develop into an area operator in 1998.
He finally went on to serve in a number of command chief assignments and served because the senior enlisted chief for Area Operations Command at Peterson Area Pressure Base in Colorado earlier than his present place.
Because the CMSSF, Bentivegna will act as the non-public advisor to the CSO and the Secretary of the Air Pressure on all points relating to the welfare, readiness, morale, correct utilization, and improvement of the Area Pressure.
He may even present course for the enlisted pressure and symbolize their pursuits, as acceptable, to the American public and to these in all ranges of presidency.
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