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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright watches as 22nd Training Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists conduct apprehension avoidance and combatives training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 21, 2019.  During Wright’s visit, he learned the ins-and-outs of becoming a SERE specialist and the different methods of training conducted around the Inland Northwest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright watches as 22nd Training Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists conduct apprehension avoidance and combatives training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 21, 2019. During Wright’s visit, he learned the ins-and-outs of becoming a SERE specialist and the different methods of training conducted around the Inland Northwest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

U.S. Air Fore Tech. Sgt. Curtis Brooks, 92nd Medical Group physical therapy flight chief, discusses the innovative new ways the Human Performance Cell is improving the health of Airmen across the wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 22, 2019. The HPC is composed of numerous medical specialists who deliver one-on-one, personalized care to address specific physical demands required by various career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

U.S. Air Fore Tech. Sgt. Curtis Brooks, 92nd Medical Group physical therapy flight chief, discusses the innovative new ways the Human Performance Cell is improving the health of Airmen across the wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 22, 2019. The HPC is composed of numerous medical specialists who deliver one-on-one, personalized care to address specific physical demands required by various career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Airmen from the 92nd and 141st Maintenance Groups conduct a walkthrough of the KC-135 Stratotanker with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright at Fairchild Air Force Base, March 22, 2019. The maintenance groups have been working together to improve periodic inspection processes in order to prepare for the increase of KC-135s at the base and meet Air Mobility Command standards and mission taskings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Airmen from the 92nd and 141st Maintenance Groups conduct a walkthrough of the KC-135 Stratotanker with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright at Fairchild Air Force Base, March 22, 2019. The maintenance groups have been working together to improve periodic inspection processes in order to prepare for the increase of KC-135s at the base and meet Air Mobility Command standards and mission taskings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with Team Fairchild NCOs and company grade officers during a round table discussion at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 22, 2019. Wright discussed the future of the force, innovation and the importance of taking care of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with Team Fairchild NCOs and company grade officers during a round table discussion at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 22, 2019. Wright discussed the future of the force, innovation and the importance of taking care of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and Chief Master Sgt. Manuel Pineiro, Air Force first sergeant special duty manager, meet with 92nd and 141st Maintenance Group Airmen to discuss the streamlining of the periodic inspection process at Fairchild Air Force Base, March 22, 2019. The periodic inspection is the most in-depth inspection Fairchild maintainers conduct on the KC-135 Stratotanker. The two-week inspection is conducted every 24 months, 1,800 flight hours or 1,000 landings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and Chief Master Sgt. Manny Piñeiro, Air Force first sergeant special duty manager, meet with 92nd and 141st Maintenance Group Airmen to discuss the streamlining of the periodic inspection process at Fairchild Air Force Base, March 22, 2019. The periodic inspection is the most in-depth inspection Fairchild maintainers conduct on the KC-135 Stratotanker. The two-week inspection is conducted every 24 months, 1,800 flight hours or 1,000 landings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists assigned to the 336th Training Group conduct water survival training with a class of 43 aircrew members at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 21, 2019. The primary focus of water survival training is to prepare aircrew members for emergency aircraft situations and surviving on the ocean until they can be rescued and recovered. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists assigned to the 336th Training Group conduct water survival training with a class of 43 aircrew members at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, March 21, 2019. The primary focus of water survival training is to prepare aircrew members for emergency aircraft situations and surviving on the ocean until they can be rescued and recovered. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

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.”