Rice inducted into Senior Non-Commissioned Officer tier

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  • By Bradley Hicks
  • AEDC Public Affairs
Master Sgt. Ida Rice, center, is inducted into the senior non-commissioned officer tier during an Aug. 26, 2022, ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Rice, a member of the 846th Test Squadron at Holloman, was selected to master sergeant in November 2021. The top three ranks of the enlisted force structure are chief master sergeant, senior master sergeant and master sergeant. Within this tier, personnel transition from craftsmen and supervisors to leadership and managerial positions. The purpose of the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Induction Ceremony is to formally recognize Airmen as they transition from the non-commissioned officer tier to the senior non-commissioned officer tier and to afford leadership, peers and family the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishment. The mission of the 846 TS is to plan and execute world-class rocket sled tests enabling weapon system development in support of the warfighter. The squadron is part of the 704th Test Group at Holloman, a unit of Arnold Engineering Development Complex, headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. Pictured with Rice are Col. Justin Spears, commander, 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Martin, command chief, 49th Wing. (Courtesy photos)