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Structural maintainers provide backbone of RPAs

Structural maintainers provide backbone of RPAsCREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS)

When people have a blemish, they see a dermatologist; when they have a physiological problem, they see an orthopedist. For the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, aircraft structural maintainers fill both the aesthetic and structural maintenance roles to keep remotely piloted aircraft in check.

Aircraft structural maintenance is part of the fabrication flight at Creech Air Force Base. The flight consists of the nondestructive inspection shop and the metals technology shop, which work together to ensure the life of the RPA enterprise is sustained with aircraft fully capable of mission execution.

“Depending on the base, aircraft structural maintenance is responsible for repair and fabrication of aircraft skin, structures, metallic tube assemblies, windows, canopies and corrosion control,” said Tech. Sgt. Daniel, a 432nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance craftsman. “Here we focus on performing advanced composite repairs.”

RPAs are mostly constructed of advanced composites materials which are as strong or stronger than metal but are superior in areas such as weight and stealth. These factors help give RPAs their 18-24 hour endurance time, high flight ceiling and the ability to stay off of some radar detection. Materials included in these composite groups used in RPA construction are carbon fiber, Kevlar and specialized versions of fiberglass.

“The RPAs are unique in that they’re made completely of composite material,” Daniel said. “In my opinion, this is the future of aviation because composites are stronger, cheaper, more durable, and they don’t corrode. Like everything, they aren’t invincible so we fabricate and repair the skin and structure for the aircraft.”

If damage to the aircraft is suspected during an inspection, the structural maintainers will determine the type of damage, the severity and whether or not it’s repairable.

“Typically with the composite material we commonly experience surface defects most followed by delamination and disbonds,” Daniel said. “The number one enemy of composite is damage by water intrusion. The water vapor gets into a panel and then freezes at altitude, expands, and causes the panels to break.”

To construct an aircraft out of composite material, carbon is generated into thread and then woven together to make a cloth-like material or laminate. The cloth is then covered in a resin and then shaped into panels before being subjected to extreme heat and pressure to form a solid panel.

Some common issues are disbonds, a separation of the laminate from the core and delamination, a separation of multiple plies of laminate. To fix these problems the structural maintainers use tools to sand panels down to the base of the panel and then replace the layers that were sanded away.

“If we didn’t exist there wouldn’t be a means of organizational level or even field level repair,” Daniel said. “If an MQ-1 or MQ-9 had a structural flaw caused by wear and tear, moisture absorption or any way of structurally damaging the aircraft, it would eventually, dependent on the damage, become structurally unsound and not airworthy.”

Aircraft structural maintenance is extremely important because an aircraft that can’t fly is not only a loss of money for the Air Force, but in the RPA enterprise, reduces the situational awareness available to the joint commanders.

“The job can be very tedious because everything we do is very precise and has to be perfect the first time,” said Senior Airman Brian, a 432nd MXS aircraft structural maintenance journeyman. “There’s a lot on your shoulders because if you mess up, that plane is down for another 24 hours and you have to answer a lot of questions. It’s a very important job because if we mess up, a plane could crash.”

During the repair process, even if one layer of carbon fiber, Kevlar or fiberglass is improperly bonded, it could result in a mistake that still renders the aircraft unable to fly, making the shop start the process over from scratch.

Although the job may be tedious, Creech structural maintenance takes it seriously, ensuring everything is ready to go. They consistently produce an excellent quality assurance inspection pass rate of 95 percent. The average Air Force QA inspection rate is 80 percent.

(Editor’s note: Last names were removed due to security and operational concerns.)

Biking brings hope to wounded, recovering veterans

Biking brings hope to wounded, recovering veteransCREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS)

Members from Creech Air Force Base volunteered as part of the Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) program and brought more than 20 wounded and recovering veterans together for the Vegas Challenge Feb. 1-3 in Blue Diamond, Nevada.

The challenge provided wounded veterans the opportunity to come together with others battling some form of injury. Nestled in the rocky mountainous terrain of the Nevada desert, the veterans biked for more than 20 miles over a three-day span for team building, confidence boosting and physical therapy.

Paul, a 799th Security Forces Squadron resource advisor, is a representative for Project Hero, which is a local chapter of the R2R providing daily interaction and training with the veterans. He said seeing the change in the veterans after participating in the events is amazing.

“What this program does is exercising for rehabilitation through bike riding,” Paul said. “Not only does it help with the physical portion, it also helps with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and gets them out there socializing with other people.”

Paul said the program is responsible for helping veterans return to normal lives including socializing and physical fitness.

“We had a member who hadn’t been out of their shell in two years and now that same individual talks to everyone in the group,” Paul said. “Another member is paralyzed from the neck down and at first he was only able to ride for a quarter mile, now he can ride up to 10.”

For Paul, helping other veterans has also aided him in healing his own injuries, but he said being part of the program is his duty.

“The R2R helps me help them,” he said. “I can’t let one of my brothers or sisters in the arms stand by feeling lost, we’ve lost too many to suicide to not go out and help somebody.”

For one remotely piloted aircraft enterprise Airman, the program has helped him in ways he didn’t know possible.

“I’m just happy to be alive and be out here because I spent a lot of time depressed,” said retired Master Sgt. Chris White. “To be out here, it puts all the negativity out of my head and for that time I’m happy to be with my friends. We’re brothers in arms and I’m in my element with people who are like minded, and just want to escape the daily grind of having their struggles and be around people who understand what it’s like. We just go out and have a great time with each other with no judgement and everyone helps each other.”

White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011. The disease is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder and causes tremors, slowed movement, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance, loss of automatic movements, speech changes, and writing changes due to a loss of dopamine in the brain.

White served 18 years in the Air Force, first as an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, and finished his career as a maintenance production superintendent for the MQ-9 Reaper at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. While serving at Holloman AFB, White spent time at Creech AFB to gain experience on the MQ-9 Reaper for a new squadron being stood up. During this time, he began to develop his Parkinson’s disease.

“I started developing Parkinson’s earlier than I let on; it was about 10 years ago when I first started noticing symptoms,” White said. “At that time I didn’t want to say anything because I barely had 15 years in and I knew my career would be over, so I decided to hide it for a while.”

Because of the high stress situation of working 16-hour days as the only production superintendent at a new base, White was pushed to a breaking point and was forced to face reality.

“Needless to say, there was a moment when I had my clipboard in one hand and radio in the other, crying on the flight line and I had to go to my commander… for the first time in my career I had to admit that I couldn’t do it anymore,” he said.

It was at this point that White began the medical board process. The Air Force granted White with the equivalent of a 30-year retirement and paid for his deep brain stimuli surgery, a procedure used to treat disabling neurological symptoms by blocking electrical signals from the areas in the brain that cause them.

“It took three years before I was finally moved out of the Air Force but there was a couple good things that came out of it because there’s no way I would have been able to do my job,” White said. “I had a good career and they paid for my surgery. Without that surgery I wouldn’t be here today, but I’m here able to ride my bike.”

For White, even walking or sitting still seems an incredible challenge, but the bike is his sanctuary. When he rides, his symptoms dissolve as if he doesn’t have the disease. This is true for nearly all the riders despite their ailments.

Even though White was a mountain biker for decades before his disease, he bikes today as part of his therapy to keep his muscles from becoming too stiff. He may not be able to set goals as high as he used to, but said he is thankful that he can still use his hobby as an escape.

“I always tell everyone that if I could ride my bike through life, Parkinson’s would have no hold on me,” he said.

White also said that even though the physical challenges can be difficult, they are easy compared to the mental challenges.

“The mental toll is what is really challenging, and this organization is about healing on a mental level and doing it with a crowd that feels your pain,” he said. “When I was laid up, I started feeling badly, feeling suicidal honestly and if those feelings go on too long or you don’t see that light, it can end badly. What kept me going was being able to get back on my bike.”

Most veterans knew a life before their injuries, making readjusting to life difficult for them.

“R2R is a groundbreaking veterans program that saves lives by restoring hope and purpose,” said Joe Coddington, the R2R events director. “Sounds easy but what we really do is reach out to veterans through cycling as a therapy for injuries, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and really create a family for them to be a part of again.”

The opportunity to come and train together distracts the veterans from their struggles and allows them to open up with others.

Even though the veterans are recovering in one way or another, they are all unique. It’s a challenge to get every veteran back on the bike due to their distinct ailments, but the program is committed to getting everyone riding again no matter what.

“Some wounds are easy to see and some aren’t,” Coddington said. “One thing we say is that not everyone can participate in the same way, but everybody deserves to participate.”

Because every veteran’s injury is different, the R2R program has mechanics that can make custom bikes so each and every one can ride no matter what their condition.

After a new rider sits down with the mechanic, countless hours are spent figuring out how to best suit the veteran despite their injury. Once a bike has been fabricated, it is donated to the veteran for free.

The R2R which is made possible by its volunteers and support is able to build and donate custom bikes and in some cases even provide free transportation to events and meals.

(Editor’s note: One of the last names in this story has been removed for security reasons.)

Promoter reaches bent USAFE-AFAFRICA Airmen

Promoter reaches bent USAFE-AFAFRICA AirmenRAMSTEIN Mood Stand, Frg (AFNS)

Primary Commander Lawman of the Airforce Criminal A. Showman intent up his later come to see to U.S. Quality Forces in Europe-U.S. Quality Forces Continent that assemblage, tackling Airmen’s questions adjacent changes to the original enlisted ranking scheme, boosts, titular preparation and retirements.

“Nearby’s lots thriving on in our Airforce, and appropriately so. Our Airmen obtain lots of questions,” Impresario assumed throughout an question period hither, June 23.

“My trustworthiness therein arrangement goes to what I be versed nearby our Airmen,” Showman alleged. “I am not adept to accurately throw back their views or how attributes are prosperous with them unless I dish out span with them.”

In his non-stop efforts to indenture with Airmen stationed transversely the planet, the Airforce’s summit enlisted superior is devising strides to tender live counterclaims to Airmen’s questions and concerns.

“What we venture to share when we’re into the open air vacation our Airmen, is our true of thankfulness and return representing what they are doing at times time,” he thought.

With myriad questions absorption on prevalent changes in the Airforce, Impresario masculine the want as a service to lightness diagonally the unrestricted breadth of dealings in the eld to advance.

“Present-day has to be a smooth of lightness that is doubtlessly record in the account of the combatant, if we’re booming to be affluent against whatever adversaries,” he illustrious as well as referencing the Airforce’s 30-year Vital Controller Design and the want to advance an spry dynamism to into time to come procedure and capabilities.

Acknowledging the big orbit of the Airforce’s adjacency in Continent, Showman acknowledged the one of a kind position Airmen frisk in representing the U.S. sea.

“I imagine at times duration you depart and shell out space with Airmen you inform lots, and nearby is much booming on in the USAFE-AFAFRICA dramaturgy,” the primary supposed. “We sure accept Airmen hither providing airpower to our battler commanders, but we besides maintain a consequential attendance with Airmen hither at the bottom of the NATO combination and our partners, whether it is with the aid education or deployments.”

The principal commended and praised the totality of the firm labour of Airmen crossways USAFE-AFAFRICA and pleased them to at to appropriation their thoughts and concerns with control on slipway to confirm the potency straight many.

“I would give an account of the Airmen in USAFE-AFAFRICA unbiased identical I would anyplace added: They are the almost consecrated, able Airmen in the terra,” he whispered. “They replace U.s. with honour and they do their occupation exceptionally successfully, undeterred by each the challenges it thrusts before of them. They complete the office. I nark from the accomplishment that I annoy depict oneself them; it’s a huge reason of proudness as a service to me neutral to watch how they do their vocation.”

Planning to quit, fighting to succeed: Airman earns Ranger tab

Planning to quit, fighting to succeed: Airman earns Ranger tabANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS)

(This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.)

Stopping for a moment to catch his breath, the Airman realized he was nearing the limit of his willpower.

He placed his rucksack on the ground for a brief moment of rest and glanced toward the mountain peak ahead. He could hear the rain dripping from the tree branches above, soaking his gear and clothes.

Exhausted, craving sleep, food and a warm bed, he played with the idea of giving up. Deep down, however, he knew this wasn’t an option. He took a deep breath, forced himself to take another step and continued with his squad up the ridge.

Staff Sgt. Robert Keefe, the 736th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of training, was in the middle of the U.S. Army Ranger School. It was his chance to prove his mettle as a combat-ready Airman among some of the military’s toughest warriors.

Rangers are uniquely skilled service members who specialize in conducting airborne and air assault operations, seizing key terrain such as airfields, destroying strategic facilities and capturing or killing enemies of the nation. Only a few Airmen are given the opportunity to attempt to join this elite brotherhood.

Located in Fort Benning, Georgia, the school prepares volunteers in combat arms related functional skills. With a 40 percent graduation rate from 2011-15, Ranger school is one of the most grueling training courses a military member can attend.

“Ranger school is what I would consider the Department of Defense’s premier leadership course,” Keefe said. “It exists only to build the best leaders in combat for whatever branch you’re in.”

At Andersen Air Force Base, Keefe usually trains security forces Airmen to be proficient for contingency operations around the world. With 11 years of experience under his belt, the battlefield expert has sharpened his skillset with sniper training; learned how to survive and return with honor through evasion and conduct after capture training; and spent time as an investigator with a security forces unit at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.

Preparing for Ranger school

Early 2015, while providing security support for the president, Capt. Nathaniel Lesher, Keefe’s executive officer at the time, approached him and asked if he was interested in the opportunity of becoming a Ranger.

“I selected Keefe to attend Ranger school, because it was apparent that he was both physically and mentally tough enough to finish the course,” Lesher said. “He is the guy who subordinates look up to and peers respect. Additionally, Keefe excelled at all core tasks and physical requirements in order to attend the school and with a short notice completed another physically and mentally challenging school the Close Precision Engagement Course earlier in the year.”

At first, the Airman shrugged it off thinking his captain was only joking. After all, only a handful of Airmen get the chance to join Soldiers each year.

“When he first asked me, I told him, ‘Sure I’ll go if you send me,’” Keefe said. “At first I didn’t think he was serious, but he asked me again a few more times over the course of the next couple days. Then I thought that he might actually be serious.”

After returning to Andersen AFB from a security mission in India in mid-2015, Keefe’s leaders decided he was ready to represent his unit at Ranger school and succeeded in securing his place on the class roster.

Used to him being gone for months at a time due to contingency response missions or deployments, Keefe said his wife, Ayesha, and their two sons Nicholas and Tighe, were very supportive with his decision to attend the school. Knowing how important it was to his boys, however, he made a promise to be home for Halloween. This commitment put Keefe on a tight timeline. To be back on Guam by that date required him to go straight through the course and pass all challenges without being recycled or phased back.

To prepare Keefe for his imminent struggle, he attended the Ranger Training Assessment Course an evaluation split up into two weeklong phases. During the Ranger Assessment Phase, Keefe persevered through unique tasks such as the Ranger Physical Fitness Test, a combat water survival assessment and various other physical fitness events. In addition, he learned troop leading procedures, patrolling techniques and small unit operations. In order to continue to the second phase, Keefe had to pass all RAP events.

During the second phase, Keefe and other students rotated into leadership positions and proved their ability to successfully accomplish small unit combat operations from planning through execution. In addition, the instructors evaluated Keefe on his ability to lead squad-sized patrols.

Once he successfully completed RTAC, Keefe gained passage into the Ranger course.

‘Air Force, what are you doing here?’

Pulling up to the training center at 7 a.m., Keefe noticed he was the first one to arrive. He anxiously stepped out of the taxi and collected his baggage.

After passing under a large Ranger tab suspended above him, he knew it was “go-time.” Seconds later, a Ranger instructor stopped Keefe and asked, “Air Force, what are you doing here?”

Without hesitation, the Airman replied confidently, “I’m here for Ranger school.”

The instructor chuckled and told him to go sit down. Listening to his instruction, Keefe placed his gear down beside him and took a seat on the training pad. While waiting for other trainees to arrive, he said he first questioned himself on what he was even doing there.

As time passed and more students arrived, Keefe noticed the operational camouflage pattern uniforms. As he observed operators pulling off their patches, leaving only their name and service branch signifiers, he noticed he was surrounded by some of the Army’s most elite Soldiers as the only Airman among his peers.

“I overheard some of the men talking and heard some say they were with special forces,” Keefe recalled. “I started to think, ‘These are some real guys I’m sitting here with right now. These guys are going to dominate this course and I’m going to have a tough time.’”

“Then I thought, ‘These guys aren’t better than me, they’re just like me. They’re probably thinking the same thing I’m thinking right now who is that kid and why is he in the Air Force? Why is he here, he must be something special,’” he added.

Benning phase

The Benning phase kicked off the 61 days of hell for Keefe and the other students. In the first week, Keefe demonstrated his physical stamina and mental toughness by exceeding the minimum of 49 pushups and 59 sit-ups in a two-minute span, six chin-ups and by running five miles in 40 minutes or less. Nearly 40 percent of failures occur during the first few days of this phase. Seeing trainees drop out motivated Keefe to push through the physical pain and mental strain.

Here, he was introduced to the instructors’ disciplinary measures. As often as they deemed necessary, the students were ordered to execute pushups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees until they were told to stop.

“The instructors are pretty much holding your hand throughout that phase,” Keefe said of the frequent pressure. “They beat you into the ground all day long. They worked us till we didn’t want to breathe anymore, but they showed us exactly how to do everything. They wanted us to perform, so they were very critical on the way they graded us.”

Keefe quickly realized how little sleep he was receiving during this experience. Sleep deprivation is part of the course and requires Ranger candidates to dig deep. Some nights he only slept for little more than 15 minutes or not at all. Keefe noted the most sleep he got during the training was a trifling two hours.

“One thing I learned about Ranger school is that I could literally sleep doing anything,” Keefe said. “I would sleep during conversations and at times, I would sleep walk. There was an instance when I woke up walking in the woods not knowing how I got there.”

Halfway there mountain phase

After learning the tactical fundamentals during the Benning phase, Keefe found himself in the northern Georgia Mountain Range for the stage of challenges. Here, he learned about knots, belays, anchor points, rope management, and the basic fundamentals of climbing and rappelling. In addition, he trained on how to properly evacuate simulated injured personnel and perform raids in a mountainous environment. Since Keefe had very little previous mountaineering experience up to this point, this segment proved to be difficult.

Between hiking through the mountains ambushing training sites, Keefe found himself exhausted and pushed to his limits. Mother Nature didn’t make things any easier for Keefe, either.

“It rained on us the whole time we were there,” Keefe said. “It was terrible, our ruck sacks were already heavy enough and the rain just made it even heavier. There were times where my ruck would weigh in excess of 80-100 pounds.”

Home stretch Florida phase

Battling exhaustion and hunger, Keefe knew he only had a few weeks left during the final stretch of the school. The finish line inched close, yet Keefe needed to survive the swamps of Florida. With his fellow classmates, he received instruction on waterborne operations, small boat movements and stream crossings upon arrival.

“By this time, we were expected to operate without help from the instructors,” Keefe recalled. “You’ve got it all figured out at this point and the missions should go well. It was hot, humid and the mosquitoes were like dinosaurs. You live in a swamp and you’re always soaking wet with mud. It wasn’t easy.”

After braving some of the harshest environments of the continental U.S., from mountain elevation to the humid heat of Florida, Keefe had proven that he met demanding requirements of the curriculum.

Without delay and recycle, Keefe graduated from the school on Oct. 16, and became the 266th Airman to earn the black and yellow Ranger tab. Not only did this enable to keep his promise to his sons, but according to Keefe, only 8 percent of students can say they accomplished this feat.

“(I didn’t make it straight through) because I was (exceptional) or anything like that,” Keefe said. “It was because I had a bunch of people around me who helped me get to through it.”

Not a day passed when Keefe didn’t experience a trial, but he knew he was never going to be presented this opportunity again. Dreading the thought of returning to his unit and being known as a failure, the Airman fought tooth and nail to earn the title of a Ranger school alumnus.

“Every single day I wanted to quit,” Keefe said. “I kept telling myself tomorrow you’re going to quit, then tomorrow came and I kept saying the same thing. I kept telling myself, if you quit then you’re going to be that guy who says they made it to the second phase of Ranger school then quit.”

Sporting the Ranger tab on his left shoulder, Keefe said he takes pride in knowing he is one of a few select Airmen who’s persevered through the grueling training and can now consider themselves a Ranger.

“I wanted my kids to be proud, I wanted my wife to be proud and I wanted to do it not only for myself, but for everyone who is important to me,” he said.

Aviator beatniks sense malignancy, gratifying as a service to Warrior Fearlesss

Aviator beatniks sense malignancy, gratifying as a service to Warrior FearlesssMaritime Troop Background, QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS)

Go off Airforce Commander Sgt. Craig Zaleski didn’t be worthy of a palm in the 2015 Unit of Defence Warrior Disposeds hither that period, but he aforementioned the adaptational exercises meet was an fervent and profitable acquaintance.

He competed in ball set and disc June 23, discharge the recurve curtsy June 22 and rode the down bike June 21.

Zaleski went to his earliest camp-ground in Jan, where he was chosen as an move beforehand production the Airforce troupe.

“Fair devising the line-up was a howling idea,” he whispered. “I do craving to award sole period, but accommodative balls, they alleviate with recuperation. As an alternative of occupation myself a experienced TV spectator, I potty designate myself a bicyclist or an expert.

“At times period I awaken hither, I secure fervid and pink-slipped equipped be circa else … athletes and to touch pleased myself in favour of what I’ve gifted in my recuperation sol,” he alleged. “I’ve prefab brothers representing existence hither.”

Service

Zaleski deployed a handful multiplication in his 21 days as an aerospace assembly furnishings technician. He thought his hardest deployment came in 1996, to Dhahran, Arabian Peninsula.

On June 25, 1996, terrorists detonated a goods explosive containing 3,000 to 8,000 pounds of Trinitrotoluene at Khobar Towers, which housed U.S. and confederate forces encouraging the alignment feeling running atop of Irak, Performance Meridional Mind. Xix airmen died, and nearby 500 throng were people.

“It sock the intersection of the constructing, and I was in the mean,” he aforesaid. “I aphorism the result. I gnome that mushroom of respiration. I cogitation we were prosperous to secure attacked once more.”

Malady

Living subsequent, Zaleski was stationed with his household at Kadena Mood Bottom on the Nipponese ait of Campaign when he began experiencing stress in his sinuses. He so therefore blundered the Airforce fitness investigation first in his profession.

He went to the dilute in the service of passage mixture, started education championing the structure PT study and took set off to dish out period with his next of kin. He had a commandeering though on withdraw. At the dispensary, his spouse insisted the adulterate about an Imaging, and as they were swing abode, the dr. invitationed them and told them they would be leave-taking contained by triad years representing Island, now Zaleski had a thought enlargement.

“It was fair damaging, now the kids just had a turn to claim good-by to their blockers, and we couldn’t package up our house artefact,” he whispered. “Coupled with, I had a sense lump the extent of my mitt.”

He dead beat 200 years in the sickbay. Portions of the enlargement had to be nautical port in site, for it went approximately his exteroception fearlessness, he held. He gone his senses of stink and touch, but he has since regained 50 pct of his taste. The hurt of a malignance and healing furthermore took its strike in another areas of his sustenance, and astern 14 period of nuptials, the Zaleskis spaced.

Unmistakeable standpoint

Zaleski held he’s glad they institute the lump yet, and he keeps a certain angle.

“I’m quiet improving, and I covet to be a all right case in favour of my kids,” he whispered. “I could’ve simply revolved to uptake or opposite egregious habits, but I didn’t. It’s not benefit it.”

Reconciling disports

Adaptational athleticss maintain helped him carry on his energy, Zaleski thought. He was a high player and played intragroup ball in the Airforce.

“I could be at drudgery, but as opposed to, I’m gone from sport a course or assassination archery; current’s no contrasting,” he assumed. “It’s truly quiet. I’m feat a novel recurve prostration indoor the close four weeks about, and I’m succeeding to commence competing a diminutive grain solon.”

CSAF celebrates Whiteman total force excellence

CSAF celebrates Whiteman total force excellenceWHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AFNS)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited here Feb. 16-18 to engage with civic leaders and meet Airmen of the world’s only B-2 Spirit stealth bomber base.

While at Whiteman Air Force Base, Welsh met with leadership from the 509th Bomb Wing, the 131st Bomb Wing, the 442d Fighter Wing, and other tenant units to discuss the evolution of total force integration and to see firsthand the TFI model the base has established.

Welsh communicated his support of the TFI mission with total force leaders during roundtable meetings and spoke about the modernization of TFI and B-2 bomber missions.

During his visit, Welsh held an all call and stressed his three C’s common sense, communication and caring to Airmen from the three total force wings at Whiteman AFB, and expressed how they can integrate these concepts into their unique missions.

“Apply common sense to all we do. If it doesn’t seem right, make the change and use the chain,” Welsh said. “We have four generations in the Air Force; we must use accountable communication to work as a professional organization. And lastly, know your Airmen better. Every Airman has a story. Care enough to know it.”

Welsh also expressed his gratitude and support to the total force Airmen in attendance and reminded them that the Air Force is rich in pride.

“Never forget how critically important you are to what we are doing,” Welsh added. “We have great people with great training and education and pride we, the Air Force, are built on pride, and it shows in your performance. That’s where we come from.”

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, thanked Welsh for the visit and his leadership and echoed his sentiments.

“Our wing’s heritage inspires us to take pride in the work we accomplish,” Tibbets said. “We have a legacy of excellence. Through your efforts, we will continue that tradition for many years to come. Our pride will help us remain focused and allow us to face resource-constrained environments and ever evolving adversaries as we continue our strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support mission.”

Welsh wrapped up the all call with a question and answer session and reminded Airmen why he loves the Air Force and why he’s served for so long.

“I will die for you,” Welsh said. “We have only met for about an hour, and I’d die for you. I believe you’d do the same for me. That is what’s so special about the Air Force.”