Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force visits OSI HQ

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks to OSI headquarters members at a town hall meeting May 13 at Quantico, Va. The Chief fielded questions about Professional Military Education, sequestration and tuition reimbursement, amongst other things. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Mr. Mike Hastings)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks to OSI headquarters members at a town hall meeting May 13 at Quantico, Va. The Chief fielded questions about Professional Military Education, sequestration and tuition reimbursement, amongst other things. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Mr. Mike Hastings)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks with OSI members during his tour of OSI headquarters at Quantico, Va. Cody also received a mission brief and attended a town hall style meeting. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Mr. Mike Hastings)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks with OSI members during his tour of OSI headquarters at Quantico, Va. Cody also received a mission brief and attended a town hall style meeting. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Mr. Mike Hastings)

QUANTICO, Va. -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody visited the Air Force Office of Special Investigations headquarters at Quantico, Va., Monday.

Because it was his first visit to OSI HQ, the Chief was given an official tour and mission briefing.

The last stop on his tour was a town hall style visit with a packed room of OSI civilian and military members. Prior to fielding questions, the Chief talked about several issues and concepts today's Air Force is adapting to, including distance education, force reduction, and fiscal road blocks. He pointed specifically to how OSI manages some of these challenges.

"How we get a return on our investment in our people will be very important if we are going to sustain our Air Force," Cody said. "The deliberate development of the enlisted force specifically is important - and you do that very well here in OSI."

Cody said that he and Air Force Chief of Gen. Mark A. Welsh III view the work the Air Force does as family business.

"We think about you in every decision we make," Cody said. "We're here to help you get the right work-life balance in your life, and we thank you and your family for all you do. There should be no question in your minds; the most important part of the Air Force is you."

When asked by an enlisted member about potential force reductions, Cody had a simple response for those members concerned about possibly losing their job.

"If you want to be an Airman, be the best Airman you can be," he said. "You have to realize this isn't just a job; you have to take ownership and pride in the work you do."

When Cody was finished taking questions, Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Jacobsen, OSI commander, wrapped up the town hall.

"Thank you for your words, time and leadership," Jacobsen said. "We are truly lucky to have had you here today."