Air Force’s top NCO gets look at all things Edwards AFB

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  • By Kenji Thuloweit
  • 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright received a whirlwind tour of the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe, March 18-19.

The highest ranking enlisted member in the Air Force got a firsthand look at almost every squadron and unit on Edwards AFB. Wright visited with everyone from security forces defenders to testers at the F-35 Joint Operation Test Team, 418th Flight Test Squadron and 416th Flight Test Squadron.

The chief and his traveling staff met with base leadership for a rundown of the 412th Test Wing and Air Force Test Center mission. Along his two-day tour around base, he met with the Edwards AFB workforce and recognized outstanding Airmen with challenge coins.

“I’m thoroughly impressed by all the things they do here at Edwards (AFB), but honestly I’m more impressed by the people,” Wright said. “I got to meet some incredible Airmen who are doing some incredible things and who are extremely dedicated and confident.”

Wright was originally scheduled to visit Edwards AFB late last year, but had to postpone his trip to visit Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, to examine the damage there following Hurricane Michael.

After landing at Edwards AFB this past week, Wright said he was impressed by the base’s work ethic and the test mission’s goal of supporting the warfighter now and for the future.

“The level of dedication and commitment of all the Airmen who are here to some pretty incredible missions in the test world has just been amazing,” Wright said. “I’m actually looking forward to going back and talking to General Goldfein about the incredible things that are happening here at Edwards (AFB). I was also particularly impressed with the high level, strong level and very influential level of innovation that’s occurring here at Edwards (AFB)…and I see it all over the wing. I’m looking forward to some great things coming out of the 412th Test Wing and Team Edwards in terms of innovation and leading the way our United States Air Force.”