Base inducts newest Senior NCOs

Chief Crocker, SMC Command Chief, leads the newly inducted Master Sergeants in their pledge to join the ranks of the Noncommissioned Officers.

Chief Crocker, SMC Command Chief, leads the newly inducted Master Sergeants in their pledge to join the ranks of the Noncommissioned Officers.

Brig. Gen. Neal McCasland, SMC vice commander, congratulates the new Master Sergeants in his closing remarks during the NCO induction ceremony.

Brig. Gen. Neal McCasland, SMC vice commander, congratulates the new Master Sergeants in his closing remarks during the NCO induction ceremony.

Master Sgt. Narciso Abutin, lights the Candelabra representing the nine enlisted grades of the Air Force.

Master Sgt. Narciso Abutin, lights the Candelabra representing the nine enlisted grades of the Air Force.

Guest speaker, retired Chief Master Sgt. Marlyn Bonacker, receives a token of appreciation from Chief Crocker, SMC Command Chief.

Guest speaker, retired Chief Master Sgt. Marlyn Bonacker, receives a token of appreciation from Chief Crocker, SMC Command Chief.

A Honor Guard member performs the tradition of honoring the POW/MIA by setting a table for them.

A Honor Guard member performs the tradition of honoring the POW/MIA by setting a table for them.

LOS ANGELES AFB, CA -- Los Angeles Air Force Base "first-ever" evening event took place in the Gordon Conference Center, Aug. 4, with a Senior Noncommissioned Officer's Induction Ceremony to honor the base's newest Master Sergeant selectees.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Marlyn Bonacker, a World War II former Prisoner of War, was the guest speaker. Chief Bonnacker has close ties to the Space and Missile Systems Center and Los Angeles AFB. He is the father-in-law of Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, SMC commander.

During his speech, the Chief shared his experiences and relationships with several role models and mentors from throughout his career. He said the lessons he learned from the World War II era are the same as the lessons that are essential for leaders today.

Individuals inducted to the Senior NCO Corps are:
Patricia Brooks, SMC Controller
Jesse Brosig, 15 AF
Joseph Candaso, 61st Medical Group
William Cleere, Space-Based Infrared Systems Wing
Michael Delk, 369th Recruiting Squadron
Veronica Ford, 61st Air Base Wing
Rene Moralez, 61st Medical Group
Jeffrey Oehler, 61st Medical Group
Anh Pham, Safety Office
Bruce Webb, Developmental Planning
Jaime Werner, 369th Recruiting Squadron
Mike Zarter, Space Superiority Systems Wing