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Wilson visits Airmen, discusses AF priorities

2nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen demonstrates a B-52H Stratofortress engine to, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson during her tour of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. As part of the tour Wilson spoke about a budget that supports the continuation and modernization of the nuclear triad. With the B-52H Stratofortress being estimated to be in service until 2050, The bomber is expected to receive upgraded engines with over 30 percent fuel reduction and 95 percent reduction in maintenance needs  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Squadron explain the configuration of a B-52H Stratofortress engine to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson during her tour of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. As part of the tour Wilson spoke about a budget that supports the continuation and modernization of the nuclear triad. With the B-52H Stratofortress estimated to be in service until 2050, the bomber is expected to receive upgraded engines with over 30 percent fuel reduction and 95 percent reduction in maintenance needs (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to 2nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. During her visit, Wilson visited Barksdale’s bomber hydraulic centralized repair facility. The newly derived unit, which has only been at Barksdale since 2015, is able to accommodate assets from the B-52 Stratofortress, the B-1 Lancer and the B-2 Spirit. The new facility saved Air Force Global Strike Command over 13$ million dollars so far in 2017.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to 2nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. During her visit, Wilson visited Barksdale AFB’s bomber hydraulic centralized repair facility. The newly derived unit, which has only been at Barksdale AFB since 2015, is able to accommodate assets from the B-52 Stratofortress, the B-1 Lancer and the B-2 Spirit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to a 2nd Force Support Airmen before meeting with junior Airmen during her tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. Wilson Spoke with Airmen about the importance of readiness, modernization and innovation to remain the greatest Air Force in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to a 2nd Force Support Squadron Airmen before meeting with junior Airmen during her tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. Wilson spoke with Airmen about the importance of readiness, modernization and innovation to remain the greatest Air Force in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Secretary of the Air force Heather Wilson, poses for a photo with Airmen Leadership School students during her tour of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. Wilson spoke about force priorities, passing on her message to future supervisors training to lead innovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Secretary of the Air force Heather Wilson poses for a photo with Airman Leadership School students during her tour of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. Wilson discussed her priorities, passing on her message to future supervisors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Barksdale Air Force Base, to meet Airmen from various units and discuss her priorities Nov. 14-15, 2017.

Wilson spoke about restoring readiness, cost-effective modernization and development of exceptional leaders.

“We are in the fight, and we have been for 27 straight years and that has taken a toll,” Wilson said. “So, we have to start restoring the readiness of the force. It is first and foremost about people, we are trying to get enough people back into the service to do the missions that we have been asked to accomplish.”

Wilson also spoke with Airmen about the future of the force through cost-effective modernization.

“We have to cost-effectively modernize so we can meet the challenges of the future,” Wilson said. “The Air Force is facing modernization across the board for the next 10 years for its fighters, bombers and space assets… modernization is something the Air Force is focused on.”

As part of her tour, Wilson visited future supervisors at Barksdale AFB’s Airman Leadership School.

“We have to develop exceptional leaders,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons you are all here, you are about to make that transition from being the supervised to being the supervisor, and the Air Force spends a lot of time and effort to develop its leaders.”

Wilson visited over 10 facilities on the installation seeing firsthand how Barksdale AFB and its assets stand ready to do the mission when called upon by the nation.