GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Goodfellow recently had the distinct pleasure of welcoming retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor to visit and speak to members on base.
Gaylor had a long, successful career serving 31 years in the U.S. Air Force, although he is most known for being the fifth Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. After retiring in 1979, he still does his part for the Air Force by visiting bases and making appearances to share his history and wise words with the Airmen of today.
Gaylor has visited Goodfellow many times throughout his career, he estimates anywhere from 25 to 30 times.
"I love coming to Goodfellow because of the missions, the missions are so important. And you all do such a good job," said Gaylor.
But this time, Gaylor has come to share his stories and give advice to Airmen on base. When asked what Airmen could do to be successful in their careers he emphasized doing your best every day at work.
"Wouldn't it be great if we could have a magic pill and it would give success to Airmen," he said. "But, I really think it comes down to a day-to-day process. I don't think you can say 'well, I guess today ill feel motivated and do a good job'; no, it's doing your best at work every day, week after week."
Gaylor's stories also touched on other issues that are prominent in today's Air Force.
"A lot of Airmen these days are struggling in the Air Force; physical fitness and financial problems being two of the main problems. His stories mentioned ways to be more prepared to avoid these problems; start saving and being more physically fit before it's too late," said Senior Airman Donald Mickens, 17th Medical Support Squadron.
Before Gaylor left Goodfellow, it was clear he had made an impression on the young Airmen on base with his many funny stories laced with good morals and advice.
"It's very honoring to hear him talk. He has a lot of experience in the Air Force and in life in general. The stories and lessons he told us, there's a lot to take away from them, "said Mickens.
Learning from our great Air Force's past can help us prepare for our future. With great men like Gaylor sharing their proud history and wisdom, we can continue learning if we listen.