223: Leaders with Heart Choose How to React

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In this episode, Heather chats with Chief Master Sergeant Christopher J. Almeria. He is currently assigned as the Senior Enlisted Leader, 20th Maintenance Group, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, SC. In this role, he is charged with leading, developing, and managing the nearly 2,000 personnel who make up the Air Force’s lead Viper maintenance complex in Air Combat Command and the lead/pacing F-16 maintenance organization in the entire United States Air Force. Take a listen!

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding your people is key
  • It only takes one hour to get to know your team members
  • Leaders mirror what they see other leaders do
  • You are in control of how you react to scenarios
  • Good leaders are understanding

Chris Almeria’s Bio

Chief Master Sergeant Christopher J. Almeria is currently assigned as the Senior Enlisted Leader, 20th Maintenance Group, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, SC. In this role, he is charged with leading, developing, and managing the nearly 2,000 personnel who make up the Air Force’s lead Viper maintenance complex in Air Combat Command and the lead/pacing F-16 maintenance organization in the entire United States Air Force. The Group manages the Air Force’s largest combat coded F-16 “Wild Weasel” fleet of 79 aircraft, valued at over 1.4 billion dollars, and is responsible for worldwide contingency response and national security objectives. Chief Almeria was born in Middletown, New York, and entered the Air Force in June 1992. His background is in Aerospace Propulsion (Jet Engines), and has held positions as a Lead Technician, Production Superintendent, Shop Chief, and First Sergeant. His assignments include bases in California, Washington, New Mexico, Japan, Korea, and Belgium, along with multiple deployments around the globe.


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