An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

CSAF gets firsthand look at RPA operations

  • Published
Airmen of the 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing welcomed Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III during a visit here Jan. 14.

The visit gave the chief of staff an opportunity to meet the Airmen who perform the Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission.

Welsh toured some of the squadrons and the recently reopened wing operations center, seeing firsthand the crews' commitment to tactical perfection.

"When you guys do tactics and training, 'Big Air Force' pays attention," Welsh said. "It is unbelievable how this mission has grown up."

Remotely-piloted aircraft have provided a vital capability for the combatant commands, as evident by the heavy demand for them.

The chief of staff commended the Airmen during an all call, for their adaptability and ability to overcome obstacles and fulfill their motto: "Hunters save lives."

"You and the Airmen who preceded you have done fantastic things," he said. "This mission has revolutionized the way we think about warfare -- I'm amazed by what you have accomplished."

(Information courtesy of the 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs)