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NEWS | Jan. 30, 2013

JB Charleston Airman excels as chief exec

By Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

"Typically, my day starts at 5 a.m. at the gym," said Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman. "If I don't get my workout in the morning, it's a great possibility that it won't happen."

Housman is the chief executive for Chief Master Sgt. Al Hannon, 628th Air Base Wing command chief. She's originally from the 628th Comptroller Squadron.

Housman has been stationed at Joint Base Charleston since November 2008. When she was approached by the 628th CS leadership about applying for the chief executive position, she saw it as a great opportunity to do something new and challenging. 

Housman submitted a package consisting of her single unit retrievable format (an electronic personnel record of her career), her last five enlisted performance reports, and physical training scores. In addition, Housman was personally interviewed by the command chief for the job. Out of four members interviewed by Hannon for the job, Housman was nominated as the new chief executive June 4, 2012.

"When I first started this job, it was intimidating," said Housman. "Thoughts of not belonging can easily pass through a staff sergeant's mind sitting next to all the high-ranking individuals."

"I have to remember that these high-ranking individuals are people as well," said Housman. "My role as chief executive is to make sure their jobs are a little easier."

Housman is responsible for making sure the command chief makes all his appointments and meetings. Any paperwork that needs to be seen, she makes sure it crosses his desk in a timely matter.

"There's little to no time for personal matters throughout my day," said Housman. "In this job, you have to stay motivated, organized and flexible."

As the chief executive, Housman plays a vital role in many events at Joint Base Charleston. During 628th ABW ceremonies, Housman can be found behind the scenes, ensuring awardees, recipients and promotees are present.

But despite the stress, there are times when the job of being a chief executive is rewarding according to Housman. The job has allowed her to meet new people and the opportunity to receive great mentorship.

And unlike most Airmen, Housman gets to see how squadrons directly contribute to the Joint Base Charleston mission.

"At this level, you're able to see that every Airman's job does make a difference," said Housman.

"Working for Chief Hannon has been terrific, said Housman. "He's great at communicating what he wants and is the voice of the enlisted force. Any issues or concerns enlisted [Airmen] have, the chief addresses with them and the wing commander.

"I can honestly say if it wasn't for Chief Hannon and his mentorship, I might not have re-enlisted in the Air Force," said Housman.