WARNER ROBINS -- Robins Air Force Base has a new installation command chief, which is the top enlisted position at the base.
Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Bowen, the command chief at Robins since 2010, retired in a ceremony at the Museum of Aviation on Friday.
Taking his place is Chief Master Sgt. Sandra LePine, who comes to Robins from Osan Air Base, Korea. She has served in the Air Force for 21 years.
Fridays ceremony, attended by more than 200 people, brings a 26-year career to an end for Bowen.This has been the best job Ive ever had, Bowen told the audience, which included many airmen, community leaders and 8th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Austin Scott. I love serving our airmen, serving our leaders and serving in this capacity. I truly believe if you take care of people and treat them with dignity and respect, then it all works out.The installation command chief is in charge of about 3,000 enlisted airmen at Robins.
Col. Mitchel Butikofer, 78th Air Base Wing commander, praised Bowen as a leader who put airmen first.
His commitment to airmen is unfathomable, Butikofer said. He does not do anything or make any decision or proposal without thinking about the implications of what it means to our folks.
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