HomeNewsArticle Display

Wright celebrates MTL legacy, tours Keesler

CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright Tours Keesler AFB

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright joined Keesler Air Force Base leadership during the Air Force Military Training Leader School ribbon cutting ceremony at Lott Hall Oct. 23, 2017, on Keesler AFB, Miss. Throughout Wright’s three day visit to Keesler AFB he also toured 2nd Air Force, the 81st Training Wing, 403rd Wing and the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright Tours Keesler AFB

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright delivers remarks during the Air Force Military Training Leader School ribbon cutting ceremony at Lott Hall Oct. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Throughout Wright’s three day visit to Keesler AFB, he also toured 2nd Air Force, the 81st Training Wing, 403rd Wing and the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright Tours Keesler AFB

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visits with Airmen in the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron at Maltby Hall Oct. 25, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Throughout Wright’s three day visit to Keesler AFB he also officiated the Air Force Military Training Leader School ribbon cutting ceremony and toured 2nd Air Force, the 81st Training Wing and 403rd Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, to tour the base and celebrate a ribbon cutting for the new Military Training Leader Course schoolhouse Oct. 23-25, 2017.

During the ceremony, Wright reflected on the beginning of his career as an airman basic and how the mentorship of MTLs helped shape civilians into Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force.

“In August of 1989, a young Airman graduated from basic military training and went off to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas,” said Wright. “He and a few of his friends went to the shoppette, bought beer, shoved the beers in their BDU [battle dress uniform] pockets, went to their door rooms and hid the beers in the ceiling so they could drink in the dorms. Somebody in technical training missed the mark.”

Wright explained that there have been, and always will be, young Airmen who fall by the way side, but that emphasizes the importance of MTLs.

“What I’ll tell you about that young Airman who went by the name of Airman Basic Kaleth Wright, he wasn’t an anomaly,” said Wright. “There were many more Airmen like him and there are Airmen like him still today. That is why our MTLs are needed. Which is why I’m so excited for where we have come with our MTLs and I’m super excited that we have a school dedicated to finding our best, brightest and most sharp NCOs to help our Airmen make that transition from basic training, to technical school and out to the operational Air Force.”

Throughout their more than 40 years of existence, MTLs have had the opportunity to be the direct line for new Airmen to go to so they have a seamless transition from basic military training to their first duty station.

“I would tell you that if I had one dollar to invest in Air Education and Training Command . . . just one dollar,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Brown, AETC deputy commander, “I would invest it in the one person I put in front of Airmen for the most time and at the most impressionable period, and that’s our MTLs. That’s what we have here. We have the person who stands firm for Airmen in their most formable stage.”

During his three day visit, Wright took time to tour different units around Keesler AFB and meet the Airmen who accomplish the mission. He visited Airmen from the 81st Training Wing, 403rd Wing, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron and 2nd Air Force Headquarters.

After spending time getting familiar with the Keesler AFB mission, he held an all call where he spoke about Air Force initiatives that will affect Airmen. Topics included a discussion about new Air Force uniforms, deliberate development of Airmen and the changes to additional duties.

“Even though there’s a limited number of AFSCs [Air Force specialty codes] taught here, you contribute to every single Air Force mission that we have,” Wright said. “You send Airmen off to Global Strike Command and Air Mobility Command for rapid air mobility. You directly contribute to command and control and ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance]. When I hear people say this is just a training base I can argue that even though AETC is referred to as the first command, and their headquarters is in San Antonio, really, a lot of the missions begin here.”

Wright closed by thanking the Airmen for the work they do day in and day out to train the best Airmen in the world.

“I just want to say thank you,” said Wright. “You talk about southern hospitality! I would put this in my top two trips since I’ve been a chief master sergeant. The things I’ve gotten to see and the people I’ve gotten to meet has been very refreshing. As soon as I stepped off the bus at each stop on the tour and saw the faces of the Keesler [AFB] Airmen, immediately I was reinvigorated. That’s what all of you here at Team Keesler have done for me and I just want to say thank you.”

Engage

Twitter
The Department of the Air Force’s Chief Architect Office integrated commercial technologies to achieve decision sup… https://t.co/ddoCJB8fRF
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Using Agile Combat Employment concepts, the @147thAttackWing transported MQ-9 aircraft/equipment over 450 miles from Hous…
Twitter
Juniper Falcon has ended. This in-person opportunity for U.S. military personnel and Israel Defense Forces to test… https://t.co/Enx1S0rI9X
Twitter
C-130 Hercules crews @374AirliftWing, Japan, helped @USArmy soldiers and @JASDF_PAO members drop from the sky durin… https://t.co/bHIdKk7yJv
Twitter
RT @GeorgiaGuard: #ICYMI: Members of the @165thAW had the opportunity to be a part of taking cadets from the Georgia Wing, Civil Air Patro…
Twitter
#ICYMI - Following guidance issued by the @CDCgov, the @DeptofDefense has directed employees working in areas of hi… https://t.co/3RUlbWvMNS
Twitter
Defenders at @EielsonAirForce Base, AK, are in a new weapons qualification course for defenders, rookies and vetera… https://t.co/jcahFIcT8J
Twitter
Excellence in all we do! https://t.co/Cp9gZucoz3
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: Accelerate, Change, or Lose: @GenCQBrownJr's call to action for the service and how Airmen can play a key role in #innovation
Twitter
Dover AFB Airmen transported 2 CH-47F Chinook helicopters to Royal Australian Air Force Base, Townsville, Australia… https://t.co/yc1fOZc3Lr
Twitter
A Cyber Operations Specialty Training and Requirements Team conference was held recently at @81trwKeeslerAFB, Miss.… https://t.co/kXMAUz5xGd
Twitter
.@HQ_AFMC released an additional $5M in support of "The AFMC We Need" initiative, empowering #Airmen to be a drivin… https://t.co/yFRwx625C5
Twitter
RT @NORADCommand: #BTF deployments are an integral part of our globally integrated defense operations that provide left-of-launch #Deterren
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall’s message to #Airmen & #Guardians on our collective responsibility to overcome COVID-19 ⬇️ For resources…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Good enough today will fail tomorrow. #acceleratechangeorlose https://t.co/5dAU3Q9Ouy
Twitter
.@AETCommand's Tech Training Transformation team, partnering w/ @SheppardAFB, has re-engineered the foundational Cr… https://t.co/NjL2MA1iZc
Twitter
Empowered #Airmen are key to cutting unnecessary bureaucracy, recognizing and understanding our competition, and th… https://t.co/aqTk9p98nQ
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr signed the charter for the #AirForce's China Aerospace Studies Institute. The institute conducts r… https://t.co/PB0jNKxV4H
Twitter
Bringing the future faster! https://t.co/SuHZdRGH5t
Twitter
#ICYMI, the DAF has worked to optimize air & space capabilities in the Arctic region, supporting @DeptofDefense obj… https://t.co/rEi19ZLmjs
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,355,346
Follow Us