14th FTW says farewell, honors top one percent

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gino Conti and Senior Master Sgt. James McCarty, the most senior and junior ranking chiefs in attendance, cut the cake at McCarty's recognition ceremony Wednesday after dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gino Conti and Senior Master Sgt. James McCarty, the most senior and junior ranking chiefs in attendance, cut the cake at McCarty's recognition ceremony Wednesday after dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

Technical Sgt. James Dill, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, entertains the guests of Senior Master Sgt. McCarty's recognition ceremony during dinner with his rendition of "Walking to Memphis." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

Technical Sgt. James Dill, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, entertains the guests of Senior Master Sgt. McCarty's recognition ceremony during dinner with his rendition of "Walking to Memphis." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

Colonel Dave Gerber, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ron Bowlan, 14th FTW Command Chief Master Sergeant, present Senior Master Sgt. James McCarty with a new nameplate for his desk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

Colonel Dave Gerber, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ron Bowlan, 14th FTW Command Chief Master Sergeant, present Senior Master Sgt. James McCarty with a new nameplate for his desk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gino Conti speaks to the attendees of Wednesday's recognition ceremony in honor of Senior Master Sgt. McCarty's promotion. Chief Conti spoke of the role and responsibility of a chief master sergeant in the Air Force and its influence upon developing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gino Conti speaks to the attendees of Wednesday's recognition ceremony in honor of Senior Master Sgt. McCarty's promotion. Chief Conti spoke of the role and responsibility of a chief master sergeant in the Air Force and its influence upon developing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Josh Harbin)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- After 27 years of dedicated service to the enlisted corps, Senior Master Sgt. James McCarty will continue his career as a chief master sergeant at Luke AFB, Ariz.
A recognition ceremony for his induction to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant was held Wednesday at the Columbus Club.
Sergeant McCarty, Superintendent of the 14th Military Personnel Flight, was born in Miami, Fla., but raised in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He started his Air Force career in 1981. He was originally selected for his promotion Nov. 14, 2007. Sergeant McCarty was the only Airman at CAFB eligible for the highest enlisted Air Force rank last year, thus joining the top one percent of the enlisted force structure. Sergeant McCarty will officially join the rank of Chief Master Sergeant July 1.
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gino Conti was the guest speaker for the event, offering his best wishes and advice to McCarty in his future endeavors.
"Senior Master Sgt. McCarty is a shining example of how hard work and persistence pays off in the end," said Chief Master Sgt. Ron Bowlan, 14th Flying Training Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant.
When asked what he could attribute his success in the Air Force to, Sergeant McCarty said, "It was hard work, tenacity and never giving up. My parents gave me a strong sense of right and wrong and always taught me to choose right."
"We promote people like Senior Master Sgt. McCarty as a result of his potential to serve in a leadership role in developing our enlisted corps," said Chief Bowlan.
McCarty extended gratitude to his wife, Dawn, and parents, who attended the ceremony. He said his wife stayed by his side in the most difficult of times, such as his many deployments.
"We are proud to call him a part of the BLAZE team. We're confident that he will do great things for the Air Force and I would like to personally congratulate him on reaching this milestone," said Chief Bowlan.
"I want to thank the 14th Flying Training Wing. You all gave me an opportunity to excel that I wouldn't have received anywhere else," Sergeant McCarty said in his closing statements.
Sergeant McCarty took an opportunity in the ceremony to lead the attendees in reciting the Airman's Creed.
For the up and coming Airmen of today's Air Force, Sergeant McCarty said, "It takes courage to always do what's right, but the dividends last for a lifetime."