The Retirement of Chief Master Sergeant Michael Jahner

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Chief Michael Jahner

How does one sum up 30+ years of a person's service to one's country, in a simple blog? Chief Master Sergeant Michael Jahner, or Chief, as we call him, is the very epitomy of what I would like to be: He was our top enlisted non-commissioned officer, he has a super family, he has a rock-solid job as a policeman with the City of Colorado Springs, and he is honored, respected and adored by all. Chief is one of the nicest guys I have ever met, and that is no brown-nosing from me. I found out this weekend that Chief was not always with the Air Force, but previously a member of the Army.

I had the opportunity to share MANY beers with Chief on Saturday night, and learn stories that I otherwise would not be privy to.

Chief throws out a Coin Challenge to the Commander, and the Commander has no coin to respond!
...such as, Chief was a wild prankster in his earlier years. If somebody pulled a prank on Chief, he would always find a way to get them back. This was proven on Saturday with our Commander. Once, while Chief was gearing up for physical training, our Commander did a "Coin Check" with Chief, whose coin was in his personal bag since Chief was in his running gear. So, Chief was not able to get out his coin, and thus failed the Coin Check. Well, on Saturday, during the middle of his retirement speech, Chief gave the Commander (and really, all of the entire 39th Aerial Port Squadron) a "Coin Check", and the Commander did not have a coin on him, and HE failed it!

Coin Checks probably do not mean that much to those of you who are not a member of the US Military...but whoever fails a Coin Check when one is initiated, must buy drinks for whomever initiated the Coin Check and for everybody else who is able to drop a coin.

Lord Mike and Chief Jahner...both Minnesota Vikings Fans!!!
Mind you, not just any coin, but a Unit or Squadron coin! And...if a Squadron does a Coin Check, the losing person might be purchasing drinks for say 100+ people! So, losing a Coin Check can be a very spendy, if not downright embarassing, situation, as it was for the Commander when he failed a Coin Check in front of the entire Squadron!!!

My personal story with Chief is we both went to qualify at the gun range together, some time before we deployed to Iraq in 2005. I had usually passed the course, but had never really done all too well on the shooting. I happened to be paired up with Chief that day. At the gun range, a person must shoot from the standing, from the kneeling, and from the prone position (lying on your belly). There are so many shots a person must take, while changing out their ammo cartridges, to reach a certain proficiency.

Chief and his family
I could not believe how well I was doing on the range that day, nor could Chief. As it turned out, we both achieved "Expert" ratings and qualified for a ribbon, but we also both shot the same score, 44 out of 50!

Chief also is a finnicky eater. He does not like his food to touch each other, and on occasion, has not eaten a meal if one food item has touched another. Chief did try sushi once, but only after several attempts to get him to try some.

Chief had a gentle demeanor about himself, but a way in bringing about his point without having to hit somebody over the head. One could tell the seriousness of Chief just by the tone of his voice, that did not need a second asking from him to get things accomplished. And when that tone of voice came out, things got done, and done in a hurry.

Chief Sutton's daughter gives a "high five"
Still, there was a very niceness about Chief that spoke volumes about him.

I am going to miss Chief, when I next have to qualify at the gun range, and all his silly anctics about and around the Aerial Port. It is sad that all things must come to an end...and so it is with the end of the reign of Chief Michael Jahner.

I wish Chief all the best in his retirement. He shall be severely missed within the Unit, and his shoes will not be easy to fill....LM

Lord_Mike says:
Thank you!
Posted on: Feb 15, 2009
Chokk says:
Nice and well done
Posted on: Feb 15, 2009
Lord_Mike says:
He was a great guy...gonna miss him! He actually works at the airport in Colorado Springs...but my travel times in and out of that airport are never when he is working!
Posted on: Feb 14, 2009
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Chief Michael Jahner
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Chief and his family
Chief and his family
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Chief Sutton's daughter gives a "…
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Master of cerimonies, Senior Mast…
Colonel Tully (in button up shirt)…
Colonel Tully (in button up shirt…
Stoney, Clark Power, and Logan Dow…
Stoney, Clark Power, and Logan Do…
Members of the 39th APS
Members of the 39th APS
Colonel Watt, Command Sergeant, Ba…
Colonel Watt, Command Sergeant, B…
39th APS Commander
39th APS Commander
Chiefs daughter and wife
Chief's daughter and wife
Chief telling a silly story
Chief telling a silly story
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Chief telling how much his family…
Master Sergeants Gilman and Garcia
Master Sergeant's Gilman and Garcia
39th APS and guests
39th APS and guests
Members of the Chiefs Association
Members of the Chief's Association
39th APS Commander and Chief
39th APS Commander and Chief
Captain Johnson
Captain Johnson
Pinning of the Meritorious Service…
Pinning of the Meritorious Servic…
Presentation of certificate
Presentation of certificate
Hand salute
Hand salute
All smiles!
All smiles!
At attention
At attention
Senior Master Sergeant Kurth reads…
Senior Master Sergeant Kurth read…
Chief inspecting Presidents signa…
Chief inspecting President's sign…
More smiles
More smiles
Escort service
Escort service
Presentation to Mrs Chief
Presentation to Mrs Chief
Letter of Appreciation to Mrs Jahn…
Letter of Appreciation to Mrs Jah…
Flowers for Mrs Jahner
Flowers for Mrs Jahner
Chiefs turn for a few anecdotes
Chief's turn for a few anecdotes
...and more
...and more
......and more!
......and more!
The crowds reaction
The crowd's reaction
Chiefs civilian boss within the P…
Chief's civilian boss within the …
Even though Chief won the Coin Cha…
Even though Chief won the Coin Ch…
Chief is a great orator
Chief is a great orator
Lessons for the young airmen
Lessons for the young airmen
Never lose sight of your dreams!
Never lose sight of your dreams!
Colonel Tully and his wife
Colonel Tully and his wife
members of the Chiefs Association
members of the Chief's Association
another story well received
another story well received
Man of the Hour
Man of the Hour
Chief, like me, is a Minnesota Vik…
Chief, like me, is a Minnesota Vi…
Chief and his daughter
Chief and his daughter
Command Chief and 39th APS Chief
Command Chief and 39th APS Chief
After the cerimony
After the cerimony
Chiefs civiliann boss at the Poli…
Chief's civiliann boss at the Pol…
Stoneburner and Chief
Stoneburner and Chief
Colonel Watt and Chief
Colonel Watt and Chief
Clark Power and his fiancee
Clark Power and his fiancee
Senior Master Sergeant Olson and h…
Senior Master Sergeant Olson and …
Incoming Chief Pinsky with Colonel…
Incoming Chief Pinsky with Colone…
Members of the 39th APS
Members of the 39th APS
Senior Master Sergeant Giltner, wi…
Senior Master Sergeant Giltner, w…
Sharing stories
Sharing stories
Commander and Clark Power
Commander and Clark Power
Chief Sutton with Commander from a…
Chief Sutton with Commander from …
Stoney and SMSgt Kurth
Stoney and SMSgt Kurth
Senior Master Sergeants Avila and…
Senior Master Sergeant's Avila an…
Master Sergeant Law, right, shares…
Master Sergeant Law, right, share…
The craft table ladies
The craft table ladies
Chiefs all over the place!
Chiefs all over the place!
The presentation table
The presentation table
Award from the Chiefs Association
Award from the Chief's Association
Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Certificate of Retirement
Certificate of Retirement
Letter of Appreciation from Presid…
Letter of Appreciation from Presi…
Certificate of Appreciation for Mr…
Certificate of Appreciation for M…
Logan Downer, my old boss, and Lor…
Logan Downer, my old boss, and Lo…
The story behind painting the CDS …
The story behind painting the CDS…
Chief and his stories, they never …
Chief and his stories, they never…
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All the chiefs that have served a…
Chief with SMSgt Mondragon and his…
Chief with SMSgt Mondragon and hi…
Chief and his wife with Colonel Tu…
Chief and his wife with Colonel T…
Chief works with Staff Sergeant Lu…
Chief works with Staff Sergeant L…
More stories about the chief abound
More stories about the chief abound
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...and more
The food is fantastic!
The food is fantastic!
Two chiefs in a row
Two chiefs in a row
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