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AFNORTH CEA assists community cleanup

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  • By Mary McHale

As a tool to help develop Air Forces Northern enlisted force into leaders and mentors, AFNORTH’s Combined Enlisted Association continues to serve not only its internal AFNORTH membership, but the local community as well.

Most recently, they could be found tidying up their AFNORTH CEA-sponsored portion of Highway 98 going toward and into Mexico Beach as part of the nationwide “Adopt a Highway” program.

Senior Master Sgt. Leroy McCardell Jr., AFNORTH CEA president, said community activities are a critical piece of the CEA mission since they offer the team a beneficial service opportunity outside their usual military environments and the chance to practice one of the primary Air Force Core Values – Service Before Self.

“We strive according to the CEA charter for professional empowerment and development of our membership and community service is a perfect fit toward that ultimate goal,” he said. “We’re always seeking further development through community-service opportunities.”

He added the association, which began its lineage in 2001 as the 1st Air Force Enlisted Council, continues to evolve and innovate its approach to its mission – “to strengthen our enlisted force and increase our value to the organization by empowering highly effective leaders to achieve overall mission success.”