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    From Refugee to Commander- 179th AW CE Commander Builds On Past Experiences

    From Refugee to Commander- 179th AW CE Commander Builds On Past Experiences

    Photo By Senior Airman Grace Riegel | Major Kiet Chung, newly appointed commander of the 179th Airlift Wing Civil...... read more read more



    Story by Senior Airman Alexis Wade 

    179th Cyberspace Wing

    Major Kiet Chung, newly appointed commander of the 179th Airlift Wing Civil Engineering (CE) Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio, credits some of his past in developing the leader he has become today. His leadership skills will be instrumental, not only in leading his squadron, but in assisting the entire wing in the years to come. As the base enters a transitional period between missions, there will be a heavy reliance on the expertise of the CE Squadron while base infrastructure undergoes so many changes.

    In his new role as the CE Commander, Chung is in charge of managing the operations of over 80 personnel, and over 450 million dollars of infrastructure. Additionally, Chung’s role is to organize, train, and equip for the combatant commander. Chung noted that he would not be able to be successful in this role without his coworkers, as they are the ones that make it possible.

    In reflecting on what has been most impactful on his military career, and what he hopes to bring to this new role, Chung stated that his family has been a source of inspiration.

    “My family and I are refugees from Vietnam, we were a part of the Vietnamese boat people in 1979,” said Chung. “We were pushed out of the country when the communist government for Vietnam took over and pushed out the ethnic Chinese of the country. My grandparents picked up the family and left, taking us to a refugee camp called Pulau Bidong, off the coast of Malaysia. This was where I was born.”

    Chung stated that the experiences his family went through has shaped who he is today, “We made it to the states when I was around 9 months old,” said Chung. “Even though I don't remember it, listening to stories of the things my family went through definitely shapes the way I see things and the way I go about things. It has shaped my definition of what hardship truly is, and helps me to keep things in perspective as a person and as a leader.”

    Looking to the future, Chung is looking forward to going back to the basics. “It is important for our members to really understand the impact of what CE does around the base, ensuring we fully understand the effects of our mission set”, said Chung. Additionally, Chung noted he plans to focus on ensuring the Airmen are taken care of mentally, socially, physically, and spiritually, as well as truly enjoying the job that they do.



    Date Taken: 08.19.2022
    Date Posted: 08.22.2022 15:42
    Story ID: 427682
    Location: MANSFIELD, OH, US 

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