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Goldfein shares top priorities with Airmen

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright are greeted by Maj. Gen. John Rauch Air Force chief of safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and commander of the Air Force Safety Center, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 19.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright are greeted by Maj. Gen. John Rauch, Air Force chief of safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and Air Force Safety Center commander, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 19, 2017. Goldfein met with the Safety Center to learn how they support the nuclear mission and the Air Force nuclear enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein is briefed in the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 19.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein is briefed in the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 19, 2017. Goldfein met with different mission partners throughout the day to discuss the nuclear mission and the role they perform in executing it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nigel Sandridge)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, his wife Dawn Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak with Airmen from the 351st Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 20.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, his wife Dawn Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak with Airmen from the 351st Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 20, 2017. Goldfein expressed his appreciation for pararescuemen and the mission they perform. In 1999 Goldfein was shot down by a surface-to-air missile and rescued by pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright greets members of the 377th Security Forces Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 20.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright greets members of the 377th Security Forces Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 20, 2017. Wright met with the group to discuss their role in supporting the nuclear mission and their current capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nigel Sandridge)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members of Team Kirtland at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 20.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 20, 2017. Goldfein highlighted how important Kirtland AFB’s work is and shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- The importance of revitalizing squadrons was the key point made by Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein during an “all call” Oct. 20, 2017, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Goldfein, who was joined in his Kirtland AFB visit by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, told Airmen that pushing decision authority down to squadron commanders is one way the Air Force is working towards revitalizing squadrons and to ensure commanders are empowered to make decisions at the speed needed for future conflict.

“The conflict we are preparing for, and that may be right around the corner, is going to absolutely demand that we’re able to operate at a speed that perhaps we haven’t operated in in the last 15 years,” Goldfein said. “If we’re going to operate at the speed the nation requires, squadron commanders have to feel empowered to make the decisions they need to be making.”

He said the nature of warfare is changing and Airmen have to be prepared for what is coming next. Revitalizing squadrons is imperative.

“The mission of the Air Force succeeds or fails in the squadron,” Goldfein said. “We’re focused on pushing the decision authority down to squadron commanders, and giving them the tools and resources needed to be able to accomplish missions successfully."

He emphasized the central take away from his speech, especially for squadron commanders both present and future, is the Air Force leadership trusts its Airmen.

“We absolutely and completely trust you,” Goldfein said. “We hired you because we trust you. And because we trust you, don’t wait for us to make decisions for your squadron that will improve the value it brings to the Air Force.”

Goldfein said he is working to make jobs more meaningful by reducing additional duties and taking away work that is “non-value added,” or work that doesn’t directly impact the mission, so Airmen can focus their energy on contributing to the success of their missions.

While at Kirtland AFB, Goldfein and Wright met with several units, learning the mission and speaking with leadership about what challenges and obstacles were being faced.

“We’ve learned a lot. We’ve talked to a lot of people and taken a lot of notes and received a lot of feedback,” Wright said. “This is really the best way we can learn how to help you.”

Wright said it was great to be at Kirtland AFB so he could thank Airmen in person for their contributions.

“We came out here to say thank you for what you do,” the chief said. “We don’t often get to thank you in person for your service, thank you for what you do every day for our Air Force.”

Wright encouraged Airmen to be better wingmen by looking after each other.

“Be good teams and good wingmen,” he said. “We need to get to a point in our minds and in our actions, that every day is Wingman Day. I want you to think every day, ‘how can I take better care of my teammates?’”