WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --
The Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing promoted its newest chief master sergeant during a ceremony April 1, 2023.
Chief Master Sgt. Jennifer Fanoele, 131st Maintenance Operations Flight senior enlisted leader, said she has been challenged with incredible opportunities over her 23 years of service.
“It is as overwhelming as it is humbling,” Fanoele said. “I know I would not be standing here today if it had not been for leaders who believed in me, took a chance on me, encouraged and inspired me to be the best version of myself.”
One of those opportunities was coordinating the transfer of the wing’s F-15 Eagle fighter jet fleet during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. Fanoele has consistently put the needs of the mission and her Airmen first, making this promotion well-earned, said Lt. Col. Chad Larson, 131st Bomb Wing Maintenance commander.
“A phrase that best describes Chief Master Sgt. Jennifer Fanoele is ‘Service Before Self,’ ” Larson said. “Over the past 10-plus years, I’ve seen her come to work on her days off, I’ve seen her process orders from home when she was on leave, and I’ve seen her stay late multiple times to make sure our Airmen had what they needed to get out the door because that’s the kind of NCO and person she is.”
Her guidance and leadership make the 131st a better organization, said Larson.
Fanoele said she plans to embrace her responsibility as a chief master sergeant with great awareness and will continue to create an environment that nurtures, cares and grows future leaders. She finished her speech with this challenge to her Airmen:
“If you have a duty, perform it; a goal, achieve it; an opportunity, take it; a promise, fulfill it,” she said. “I encourage everyone to accept these challenges as opportunities.”