HQ RIO Welcomes its First Command Chief

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  • By Lt. Col. Erin Karl
  • HQ RIO

Chief Master Sgt. Stacy Wilfong was selected as the new Headquarters Readiness and Integration Organization’s command chief master sergeant, the first for the office that oversees more than 7,500 Individual Air Force Reservists around the globe. She begins her new duties March 2.

As the command chief, Wilfong is the senior enlisted advisor to the commander on all matters affecting operations, training and readiness, health, morale and welfare, and discipline. The benefit of having a command chief at HQ RIO and for all the IRs is a seat at the table during strategic discussions that affect the IR population.

“I’m excited to advocate for our enlisted men and women around the globe,” said Wilfong. “By fighting for the needs of our IRs, whether that be in policy decisions or everyday operations, I hope to help further our vision of making it easier to serve. I'm looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge to benefit all our IRs and hundreds of support personnel.”

Previously Wilfong was the superintendent for HQ RIO Detachment 3 as well as the acting superintendent for HQ RIO. She believes her experience in a detachment will allow her to bring that field experience into the headquarters.

“I truly care and I love what I do, said Wilfong. “I look forward to capitalizing on our Airmen’s talent, and I am very excited for this opportunity and for the future of HQ RIO.”

Headquarters RIO Commander Col. Amy Boehle selected Wilfong for the position. 

“Chief Wilfong is a servant leader and the perfect Airman to be our first command chief,” said Boehle. “She exemplifies the qualities that generations of commanders have looked for in their command chiefs. She will positively influence the lives of our Individual Reservists, and I’m excited to move forward with such an incredible leader.”