‘The world is yours,’ Air Force’s next chief master sergeant tells JROTC cadets
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Three days before he leaves Europe for the Pentagon, the Air Force’s next chief master sergeant gave some parting advice to a group of young students at Ramstein High School.
Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright spoke to cadets in the school’s Air Force JROTC program on Monday, sharing advice that he said he wished someone had told him when he was their age.
“Some of the things you don’t necessarily learn in school about character, about discipline, about giving your best all the time — I really wish I had someone when I was in high school ... pound that into my head,” Wright said. “I think I would have made some better decisions.”
But Wright told the youths, who were a rapt audience in their blue cadet uniforms, that he didn’t regret not having finished college before he joined the Air Force.
Wright — currently the command chief master sergeant of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa — had earlier told them he enlisted in the Air Force in 1989 on a whim, after not having enough money to stay in college at the time.
He recalled sitting on his couch when his “wallet fell out of my pocket.”