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AFMC commander to receive highest enlisted honor

Posted 3/16/2012   Updated 3/16/2012 Email story   Print story


by Brian Brackens
Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs

3/16/2012 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio  -- Gen. Donald Hoffman, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, will be inducted into AFMC's Order of the Sword in a ceremony March 30, 2012, at 5:45 p.m. at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

"Induction into the order is the highest honor that enlisted Airmen can place on a leader," said Chief Master Sgt. Eric Jaren, AFMC command chief and member of the order's selection committee. "The Order of the Sword stands for truth, power and justice rightfully used and we've found General Hoffman to be a standout among leaders."

Within the Air Force, the order serves to honor individuals for their impact on the enlisted force as well as signify the faith and confidence that enlisted members have in the leadership abilities of the honoree.

Historically, the order traces its lineage to 12th century Europe where members of royal armies would present their leader with a ceremonial sword to convey loyalty and proclaim the leader's ability in battle.

Jaren said that induction into the Order of the Sword is not an annual event and in the 20-year history of AFMC only seven people have been inducted.

"Induction into the order is not an automatic for command leaders," said Jaren. "Only a limited few are selected and General Hoffman has certainly proven himself to be the kind of leader that the order recognizes. In this tough fiscal environment he has continued to make a positive impact on our enlisted Airmen, by promoting education and training initiatives and by making investments in facilities that impact Airmen, such as leadership schools and dormitories."

The ceremony is open to enlisted military members and retirees only, as well as the inductee and ten invited guests. Attendees must pay $30 by March 23 to reserve their seats.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Master Sgt. Andrea Carroll at

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