By Lea Johnson
21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — There’s a new face in Building 845, the 21st Space Wing headquarters. The wing’s new command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Richard Redman, arrived for duty July 19.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Redman grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. He joined the Air Force 26 years ago as a recent high school graduate. “At the time, I wanted some direction. I always thought I’d go to college right off the bat, but it requires some money to go to college,” he said.
“The Air Force was something that interested me, and I joined.”
Redman describes himself as “a career-long communicator.” He has done computer networking, computer security, network security, and information assurance across the Air Force and spent some time as a NATO instructor. He was stationed at Peterson AFB July 2004-June 2006, first as the superintendent of the network operations security center and later as the superintendent of the communication support squadron at the Air Force Space Command headquarters.
Redman and his family are back at Peterson AFB from the 374th Mission Support Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
“They were thrilled to come back to Colorado,” Redman said. “The west is somewhere we’ve always enjoyed.”
As command chief, Redman’s duties include general supervision of the enlisted population and ensuring the commander’s policies and priorities are disseminated to them, as well as representing the wing in numerous councils, forums and meetings.
“Anytime you can step out of a technical specialty and broaden your span of influence, that’s a good thing, and I enjoy that,” he said. “I embrace an opportunity to do something different to increase that influence over what I know to be a very professional team here.”
He has big expectations for the wing as Airmen prepare for an upcoming command cyber readiness inspection and subsequently, a consolidated unit inspection. “I want our Airmen ready, and I don’t care if they’re officer, enlisted; I want them ready at any given time, whatever their mission set is, whatever their technical skill set is,” he said.
It is also important to Redman that Airmen support the local community. “I want people to understand that their day-to-day job here at the wing goes beyond Peterson Air Force Base,” he said. The community supports the military and he hopes Airmen reach out and support activities and organizations in the surrounding area.
When he’s not in the office, Airmen can expect to find Redman enjoying the outdoors with his family. “We love to ski. We love to play golf occasionally. Hiking is big,” he said. “We are not a family who just likes to sit stagnant.”
Redman is also an active runner and has completed five marathons and numerous other distance races. “I’ll never be competitive, I’ve got to put that out there, but I enjoy it,” he said.
In the coming weeks, Redman said he looks forward to meeting the personnel at Peterson. “I enjoy interacting with people, and I’m interested in what they do. I look forward to seeing how people work day to day. I’m really excited to be here,” he said.