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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John Payne, 18th Civil Engineer Group first sergeant, is congratulated by Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ditore, 18th Wing command chief, Dec. 8, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Leaders selected to the rank of chief master sergeant represent one percent of the enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released)