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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to Airmen during breakfast about life at F.E. Warren and their career within the military Aug. 8, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Wilson was able to speak with several groups of Airmen during the breakfast and provided insight to the rumored changes regionally and nationally impacting the Air Force. Wilson visited F.E. Warren Air Force Base to emphasize the importance of the 90th Missile Wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring the mission is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to Airmen during breakfast about life at F.E. Warren Air Force Base and their career within the military Aug. 8, 2018 at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. Wilson was able to speak with several groups of Airmen during the breakfast and provided insight to the rumored changes regionally and nationally impacting the Air Force. Wilson visited F.E. Warren AFB to emphasize the importance of the 90th Missile Wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring the mission is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson greets Airmen during breakfast Aug. 8, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Airmen of all ranks from various units across the base gathered for breakfast to provide Wilson with an overall perspective of their concerns and anticipations for the Air Force. Wilson visited F.E. Warren Air Force Base to emphasize the importance of the 90th Missile Wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring the mission is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson greets Airmen during breakfast Aug. 8, 2018 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Airmen of all ranks from various units across the base gathered for breakfast to provide Wilson with an overall perspective of their concerns and anticipations for the Air Force. Wilson visited F.E. Warren AFB to emphasize the importance of the 90th Missile Wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring the mission is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Air Force and local civic leaders gather for dinner with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson Aug. 7, 2018, at Little Bear Inn, Cheyenne, Wyo. Wilson shared words of thanks to Matt Mead, Wyoming governor, in appreciation toward the support and hospitality to the military in Wyoming. Wilson visited F.E. Warren Air Force Base to emphasize the importance of the 90th Missile Wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring the mission is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Air Force and local civic leaders gather for dinner with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson Aug. 7, 2018, at Little Bear Inn, Cheyenne, Wyo. Wilson shared words of thanks to Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, in appreciation toward the support and hospitality to the military in Wyoming. Wilson visited F.E. Warren Air Force Base to emphasize the importance of the 90th Missile Wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring the mission is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abbigayle Wagner)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to Senior Airman Christopher Pilla, 90th Munitions Squadron nuclear weapons team member and Tech. Sgt. Evan McLelland, 90th Munitions Squadron nuclear weapons bay chief, during her tour Aug. 8, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Pilla and McLelland were winners of the 90th Missile Wing’s Innovation Fund and were discussing their idea of repaving the indoor track and banking the edges to help Airmen on base. Wilson visited the base to emphasize the importance of the wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring it is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Carter)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to Senior Airman Christopher Pilla, 90th Munitions Squadron nuclear weapons team member and Tech. Sgt. Evan McLelland, 90th Munitions Squadron nuclear weapons bay chief, during her tour Aug. 8, 2018, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Pilla and McLelland were winners of the 90th Missile Wing’s Innovation Fund and were discussing their idea of repaving the indoor track and banking the edges to help Airmen on base. Wilson visited the base to emphasize the importance of the wing’s deterrence mission and to thank the Airmen for ensuring it is accomplished safely, securely and effectively every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Carter)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Airmen at the 90th Missile Wing and 20th Air Force, Aug. 7 through 8 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.

During her visit, Wilson engaged with local civic leaders including Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and asked for the community’s support in reciprocity for licensure and improving education for Air Force families.

Wilson also spoke with some winners of the Warren Shootout, an innovative "Shark Tank" style competition, and held a press conference to speak on the readiness of the 90th Missile Wing within the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mission.

"The Air Force is modernizing its ground base strategic deterrent, and we are now developing a replacement for the Minuteman III. This base will ultimately get the new system," Wilson said. "The United States has a new national defense strategy and a nuclear posture review which reaffirm the importance of the strategic triad, so there is a very long future for F.E. Warren (AFB)."

From 1982 to 1989, Wilson continued her family legacy by serving in the Air Force. As a result of her service, Wilson has a unique understanding of the Air Force and what it takes to do the mission safely, securely and effectively, she said.

"Our focus right now is to restore the readiness of the force and modernize in a cost-effective way," Wilson said. "There is an agreement between the Congress and the administration, and I give (U.S. Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis a lot of credit for this, for a two-year budget deal that says that we have to restore readiness of the force. For example this budget year we are adding over 4,000 Airmen to the force. We lost 30,000 Airmen after sequestration, and we are gradually trying to grow back."

Wilson also noted the importance of military readiness as a way of deterrence.

"If we are ready to do our missions any day, we are far less likely to be called upon to execute that mission because deterrence works, and no one knows that better than F.E. Warren Air Force Base," Wilson said. "This is America's nuclear deterrent force and it is important to the country. We want to be sure we are ready any day, anytime, anywhere."

Being ready is not only important for the nuclear force, but it is also necessary across all other missions throughout the Air Force. If we are ready and strong, we are a deterrent, she added.

Wilson said the Airmen at F.E. Warren do show a commitment to serve the Air Force.

When Wilson was asked what message she wanted to leave with the 90th Missile Wing she said, “thank you for your service. I am really proud to be associated with all of you."

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