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Sep 25 2020

Meet your ACO CSELs: CMSgt Heather Stenberg

US Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Heather L. Stenberg is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) at NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF); she has been in the position since September 2018.

“Being the CSEL for NAGSF has been an absolute honor, serving alongside the men and women of NAGSF while bringing a new capability to the Alliance,” CMSgt Stenberg said.

I am so proud of everything they have accomplished. This is an exciting time for the NCOs of NAGSF, they are entering new territory where NCO empowerment and decision-making is critical to the success of our mission.”

As CSEL, CMSgt Stenberg servers as the principal advisor to her commander, US Air Force Brigadier General Houston R. Cantwell, on matters affecting non-commissioned members (NCM) in the Alliance, while providing the command’s force structure and staff with NCM and junior officer development, utilisation and engagement.

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF) stand in front of one of their assets, a NATO RQ-4D.

“The professional development of the NAGSF NCO core has been a priority of mine since I arrived; as NAGSF is a very young organization, it is important to develop professional and competent NCOs for the future of the Alliance,” CMSgt Stenberg said. “There was a lot to be established to create new norms and put their development on the right track through training and leadership opportunities. I am so proud of everything they have accomplished. This is an exciting time for the NCOs of NAGSF, they are entering new territory where NCO empowerment and decision-making is critical to the success of our mission.”

Chief Stenberg joined the US Air Force as an Air Transportation Apprentice in 1994, retraining into Command and Control Battle Management Operations just six years later. She has led in a variety of commands including the United States Air Forces Europe and Africa, NATO Air Operations Division, Joint Interagency Task Force South, Air Force Element of Operations Directorate.

Chief Stenberg has also deployed in support of Operations Joint Endeavor, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

AGS is the first fully NATO-owned and operated system, expanding NATO’s joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability. It represents a critical step towards NATO facing 21st century challenges. Fully equipped, AGS consists of five remotely piloted RQ-4D Phoenix aircraft, and ground control stations. It will enable the Alliance to perform persistent terrestrial and maritime surveillance operations, over wide areas in high-altitude, long-endurance missions under any weather or light conditions. The NATO AGS Main Operating Base is located at Sigonella, Italy, which serves as a NATO Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance deployment base and data exploitation centre.

This is part eleven of a SHAPE Public Affairs series, introducing NATO military forces to their Command Senior Enlisted Leaders within Allied Command Operations. Following articles continue to highlight CSELs in subcommands within the ACO military structure.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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