Chief Roy visits 438th AEW Airmen

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  • By Capt. Jamie Humphries
  • 438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
The chief master sergeant of the Air Force, on a tour throughout the area of responsibility, visited and spoke with members of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing here recently.

While visiting the wing, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy had lunch with wing enlisted leaders, visited the English immersion center "thunder lab," talked with maintainers on the flightline and held an "all call."

The chief addressed issues of concern and topics impacting the unit and the Air Force in general. One of the topics of interest discussed by Airmen was uniform and gear wear in theater. The chief addressed the issue and talked about the future of the new MultiCam gear now being issued to deployers.

"The Operation Enduring Freedom camouflage pattern ground gear is what we are now issuing to our deployers outside the wire," he said. "This is a joint service solution."

During his tour, Chief Roy also received a wing mission brief and information regarding wing Airmen stationed here as well as the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group in Shindand, Afghanistan. The chief discussed the focus Airmen must have in order to carry out the mission here.

"My advice to anyone serving in any theater of operation is to remain focused on the mission," he said. "You have to understand the commander's intent and you have to understand what the commander is measuring success by. If you understand what that is, you know what the mission is and you can see your part in that mission."

Members of the 438th AEW thanked the chief for visiting and reinforcing the importance of the military's mission in Afghanistan.

"I am proud that the chief master sergeant of the Air Force visited us today," said Master Sgt. Martin Aguilera, of the 438th AEW. "It says volumes about our leadership and that they appreciate what we do here."