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    Leadership Spotlight: Command Chief Master Sergeant Nathan Fallin



    Story by Tech. Sgt. James Bentley 

    117th Air Refueling Wing

    BIRMINGHAM,, Ala. — For more than twenty years Command Chief Master Sgt. Nathan Fallin has learned and grown at Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base.

    His father served in the Air National Guard before he was born, and encouraged him to follow his example. In his early years, Fallin refused. He worked for his father’s company for several years, and eventually decided that he wanted to go to school.

    This decision changed his mind, and he joined the Alabama Air National Guard for its education benefits to pay for college. He chose to go into aircraft maintenance because his father recommended it, and because the career field had an $8,000 sign-in bonus at the time.

    “That has led me to believe that there is no wrong reason to join the guard,” Fallin added. “It’s just your reason… that’s the important thing.”

    He served his first enlistment as a crew chief in aircraft maintenance, but he believes his growth began when he transferred to the Maintenance Operations Flight (MOF). This flight conducts support, analysis, and maintenance operations control, which plans and assigns work orders, coordinating the maintenance schedule with the Operations Flight’s missions. They also handle training, the budget, and deployment management.

    During his time there, he developed as a leader and saw a positive change in the workplace. Fallin is proud of the cultural shift.

    “Probably my proudest thing in maintenance overall that I was a part of was the transition of the MOF from where it was when I first came in… to where it got when I left last year and came into this job,” Fallin says. “It was a very young but very hard working group of people who were professional, a lot of them at the top of their game where their jobs were concerned. I feel like our analysis and scheduling shops are some of the strongest in the Air National Guard.”

    Fallin continued his education throughout his Air National Guard career. He encourages others to do the same. Since enlistment, he earned two associate’s degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor’s degree from Athens State, and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a lifelong learner, he always wants more.

    “Things I wish I had done that I didn’t do were go in-residence for Enlisted Professional Military Education. I wish I’d gone to Airman Leadership School, I wish I’d gone to Non-Commissioned Officer Academy,” He says. “Now, in this position, I get to see and hear from the people who have gone what an impact it made, and kind of see the results of that. I would have liked to go… so I encourage people to go in-residence now. Take advantage of what’s offered to you!”

    He continues to learn every day as command chief, as his position offers a wider perspective on the various mission sets on base.

    “This position has really motivated me to learn as much as I can and to get as educated as I can, because the decisions that Col. King, Col. Griffith and I make affect everyone,” Fallin says. “It’s important that we’re as educated on those things as we can so we can make those strategic-level decisions.”

    “We should all be looking to educate ourselves, and broaden our perspectives, and broaden our minds, continue to be developed professionally and personally.”

    When he is not working at Sumpter Smith, Fallin is spending quality time with his daughter. They share a love of music and comic books. They especially enjoy going to concerts and other live events.

    “She’s a mini-me,” he says. “And she’s into cosplay, so I take her to conventions and stuff, let her do her thing. I’m kind of a nerd at heart.

    He continued, “I get to meet a lot of cool people too. I met the inker for the first miniseries for the Punisher. He was the first person to ink Spider-Man in the black suit in Secret Wars number eight. He was very gracious with his time. I asked a ton of questions… and he answered every one of them!”

    Fallin is also an assistant basketball coach for the seventh and eighth grade girls’ team. He has been coaching basketball for over twenty years.



    Date Taken: 07.06.2021
    Date Posted: 07.23.2021 11:31
    Story ID: 400661
    Location: BIRMINGHAM, AL, US 

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