Roll Call: This is your Air Force

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody (U.S. Air Force photo)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody (U.S. Air Force photo)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Airpower is not a solo effort. One leader does not win a war, one pilot does not bomb every target, one loadmaster does not supply the entire fight. Airpower will always be a team effort and together, we are the world's greatest airpower team.

The global vigilance, reach and power we provide for our nation and partners around the world would not be possible if not for every single Airman. We simply cannot win the fight without you.

Perhaps nobody knew this better than our ninth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, James Binnicker. Binnicker passed away this March, leaving a legacy of leadership that encouraged and challenged Airmen to shape the future. He wasn't OK with neglect, apathy or passing the buck. He demanded action, ownership, innovation and a commitment to professionalism in our chosen profession of arms. We must take on his challenge and commit to do our best. We must, and will, continue to hoist the torch.

Each and every Airman is critical to the projection of airpower and owns a stake in our future success. It is through your leadership we create and strengthen partnerships to leverage increased wisdom and perspective. It is you we count on to effectively and efficiently strengthen our team and accomplish our mission. It is you who stands in the best position to discover innovative ways to deliver our core competencies: rapid global mobility, precision engagement, global attack, air and space superiority, information superiority and agile combat support.

This is your Air Force. As the emerging global environment to evolves and the pace of change continues to surge, it is you - our Airmen - who shape our future.

Binnicker was a powerful change agent, challenging us to be better and aim higher. You have the power to carry his legacy forward, the legacy of giants upon whose shoulders we stand. Your intelligence, innovation and dedication to the mission has always been our greatest source of strength. I encourage you to take an active role in our future.

This is your Air Force. It's our Air Force -- and it's up to us to do our best and continue forward.