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Chief Master Sgt. Lawrence H. Chang shares his philosophy on mentorship during his retirement ceremony at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Sept. 8. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaimi Upthegrove)
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Chief Chang's legacy

Posted 9/30/2012   Updated 10/2/2012 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Jaimi Upthegrove
482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

9/30/2012 - HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla.  -- Mentorship; this is what set apart Chief Master Sgt. Lawrence H. Chang in his 32 years of service.

"For many years he was the absolute source for mentorship for Airmen on base", said Chief Master Sgt. Katdo Robinson, 482nd Maintenance Squadron superintendent.

Chang was honored during a retirement ceremony at Homestead ARB, Sept. 8

Chang entered the Air Force on June 25, 1980. He served as an administrative specialist at Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Kunsan AB, South Korea; and Homestead Air Force Base, Fla. He then joined the Air Force Reserve at Homestead and has served in various positions as administration specialist, personnel specialist, training technician, first sergeant, vehicle operations superintendent, and Command Chief Master Sgt.

Chang also served as Command Chief Master Sergeant for Tenth Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas; and the chief force development for the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Pentagon, Washington D.C. He has been deployed to Turkey, Afghanistan, Qatar, and served temporary duty as U.S. SOUTHCOM, J-5 Human Rights Division, and Miami, Fla.

"Chief Chang has had a significant impact on Homestead ARB," said Robinson. "He spent more than 21 years here mentoring and leading Airmen and sharing his vision. His friends and family are in Homestead, so he requested to hold his retirement here. We were more than happy to oblige."

Retirement ceremonies are how the base honors the families, the service of the individual and are a way to encourage the junior Airman to leave behind a legacy.

"These ceremonies help us to honor the families of the service member and to give the young Airmen something to aspire to," said Robinson.

According to the numerous speakers and well wishers at his retirement ceremony, Chang has inspired and pushed many Airmen to enhance their career. He is most credited with pushing Airmen to work on their professional military education and to always give personal service and attention to everything they do. He has impacted an infinite amount of people and continued to touch lives and encourage during his ceremony. This was accomplished by being honest, available, approachable, and humble.

"People were drawn to Chief Chang," said Robinson. "He was approachable, regardless of how much authority he gained and he never lost his ability to remain humble. He was never self-serving when he would mentor and he would tell you honestly what the right thing for you to do was, without any thought to his own recognition for assisting."

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