Welcome new command chief

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The 366th Fighter Wing welcomes its new command chief.

Name:  Chief Master Sgt. David A. Brown

Time in Service:  25 years, 11 months

Hometown:  Washington, D.C.

Family:  Wife, Shancii; daughters: Shanice (23), Kayla (18) and Destiny (14); sons: David Jr. (19), Michael (11) and Jaron (8)

Biggest challenge faced so far in your Air Force career:  My biggest challenge is keeping everything afloat, whether it's personally or professionally. Thanks to my lovely wife, she fills the void and provides a reality check.

Person who has had the biggest impact/effect on your life:  My mom has had the biggest impact on my life. As a single parent, she showed me what hard work, love and sacrifice can bring. She was my first encounter with true resiliency.

Work philosophy:  If you deeply care about what you do, then there is nothing you can't accomplish.

Hobbies:  Weightlifting, playing football, playing video games with the kids, and any task the wife has for me.

Funniest moment in your Air Force career:  Running on the treadmill and falling off. The best thing you can do is laugh at yourself because everyone else will.

Favorite food:  Seafood, Porterhouse steaks and baked potatoes.

Favorite rank held so far:  I do not have a favorite rank. I've always pushed myself to do my best, even when the situation dictated differently. My belief is that you have a responsibility to fulfill what the Air Force expects of each rank. Not to mention we get paid to do so.

Blues or Airman Battle Uniform:  ABUs are convenient for daily tasks, but we should never forget that blues are our trademark. We should take pride in what we do, regardless of what uniform we wear. 

Hopes for the future:  My hopes for the future are continued blessings for not only myself and my family, but for the men and women of MHAFB. I am truly blessed and aim to go above and beyond what the AF expects of me. I always say, "if you wake up in the morning, it's a good day."

What song is most like the theme of your life:  "Still Standing" by Israel and New Breed. Life (people) will deliver mighty blows to your soul and well-being, but how you respond is what matters. My first supervisor told me that I wouldn't make it past my first enlistment and the AF made a mistake, better yet, I would never make it to NCO status. You control your morale, not others. Attitude determines altitude!

Why did you join the Air Force:  A friend of mine said he was going to see an AF Recruiter and thought it would be a good idea if we could join on the "buddy program." He never made it out of technical training.

Motto to live by:  I like the Nike Motto:  "Just Do It!" I found that we spend more time thinking about an issue instead of just doing what's right. Procrastination is a thief of time!

What do you hope to achieve at MHAFB:  Along with Gunfighter Leadership, continue to foster great relationships and mentorship inside for the betterment of AF members and their families (24/7, 365 days).  No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

(Editor's note: For Chief Brown's complete biography, go to http://www.mountainhome.af.mil/library/biographies/bio.asp?id=18249.)