Married Couple Pin On Highest Enlisted Grade at Same Ceremony

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson
  • 173rd Fighter Wing

The 173rd Fighter Wing hosted a unique moment for its members when two married Airmen were promoted to chief master sergeant at the same ceremony, Feb. 11, 2018.

Joedy and Tina Wilson both donned service dress jackets adorned with the distinctive chief stripes with the help of their two daughters.

“I actually didn't think that I would be in a position to make chief much less pin-on the same day as Joedy,” said Chief Master Sgt. Tina Wilson, 173rd Communications Flight.   

For Chief Master Sgt. Joedy Wilson, 173rd Operations Support Squadron, it presented a unique opportunity—to at last out-rank his wife…

“I said to Tina, ‘after 18 years of being out-ranked at work as well as at home, I now out-rank you by two months and two days!’  That lasted about two minutes and two seconds before I was told to go wash the dishes,” he joked with smile on his face.

Tina Wilson said the best part was having the whole family be a part of the ceremony.

“It was especially meaningful to me,” she added. “Our oldest is graduating high school this year and our youngest will be graduating in two years. As a Mom, knowing that they will be leaving our home and beginning their futures so soon, made our pinning so much more emotional for me. Our girls have been so supportive of us throughout their young lives, it was a blessing to have them be able to help us at the pinnacle of our careers.”

Tina Wilson began her career in the Oregon Air National Guard in 1985 as a communications equipment specialist in North Bend, Ore. Joedy Wilson came to the ORANG in 1991 from a stint on active duty where he served at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and was stationed in Coos Bay Ore. In 1996 he joined Team Kingsley and moved to Klamath Falls where the two met. Tina Wilson continued her career in information technology and is currently the communications systems superintendent. Joedy Wilson is the superintendent of the operations support squadron, command and control in the operations group.