CMSAF Wright visits Team Fairchild
By Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 25, 2019
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Team Fairchild for an in-depth look at the missions of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 336th Training Group Survival School March 21-22.
During his visit, Wright learned about several of the missions Fairchild Airmen execute including the ins-and-outs of being a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, the innovative ways the 92nd Medical Group is caring for Airmen and how the 92nd Maintenance Group is partnering with the Washington Air National Guard to streamline maintenance on the KC-135 Stratotanker.
“The global reach capability of our tanker fleet gives the Air Force the ability to extend missions around the world and provide the support our fighters, bombers and aircrew need to execute their missions,” Wright said. “Tankers play an important strategic role by helping ensure we are prepared for threats and able to execute national defense priorities.”
A consistent message throughout Wright’s visit was the importance of self-care. Since being named the 18th chief master sergeant of the Air Force in 2016, Wright has highlighted three important initiatives that are key to a healthy and successful Air Force – training, leadership and resilience.
“The foundation of readiness is training,” Wright said. “No matter your skill level, be aware of what is expected of you and be ready to execute the mission."
Wright had the opportunity to sit down with several junior Airmen to discuss the needs and concerns of first-term Airmen at Fairchild. The Airmen asked the chief how to become a good leader, hold others accountable and how to use innovation in today’s force.
“The Air Force is changing every day and Airmen are making it happen,” said Senior Airman Aristide Faison, 92nd MXG group deployment manager. “Innovation is not just a buzzword, it’s a movement and leaders like Chief Wright are helping make it happen.”
Innovation was also a popular topic when Wright sat down with NCOs, company grade officers and senior NCOs to discuss the future of the force.
“The world is changing and it’s changing rapidly,” Wright said. “Airmen don’t want to join the Air Force to become stagnant; they have very real ideas they are ready to put into action to create real, tangible results. It’s imperative for us, as a force, to stay competitive not only as warfighters but also in the recruitment and retention battle and innovation is key.”