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SecAF, CSAF end overseas tour with visit to Ramstein AB

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett sign a plaque for the 721st Maintenance Squadron during a tour of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019.

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein sign a plaque for the 721st Maintenance Squadron during a tour of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019. The 721st MXS plans to hang the plaque to commemorate Barrett and Goldfein’s visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton)

Members of 721st Maintenance Squadron discuss new training tactics with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett during a tour on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019.

Members of 721st Maintenance Squadron discuss new training tactics with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during a tour of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019. The 721st MXS showed Barrett and Goldfein virtual-reality technology used to train maintenance crews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton)

A member of the 721 Aerial Port Squadron shows Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett a three dimensional printer during a tour on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019.

A member of the 721st Aerial Port Squadron shows Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein a 3D printer during a tour on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019. The 3D printer is an example of how the Air Force continues to use the newest technologies to complete its mission. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Lt. Col. Sheryll Klinkel)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett addresses Airmen during a town hall on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019.

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett addresses Airmen during an all-call on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019. Barrett and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answered questions on a variety of topics, including their priorities, overcoming challenges and retention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein addresses Airmen during a town hall on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein addresses Airmen during an all-call on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 22, 2019. Goldfein accompanied Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett on an overseas immersion tour that included several locations in the Middle East. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) --

For the last stop of a multi-day tour spanning the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited Ramstein Air Base Nov. 22, where they received an overview of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa mission and the installation.

While visiting Ramstein AB, Barrett and Goldfein met Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing as they were presented with an array of capabilities for a more in-depth perspective of the missions conducted within mainland Europe as well as in Africa and the Middle East. The mission-specific presentations highlighted some of Ramstein AB’s latest technology and strategic capabilities, including en-route patient staging, deployable air traffic control and landing systems, explosive ordnance disposal and 3D printing.

These mission requirements need regular investment of modern tools, techniques and hardware to safely do the job Airmen are entrusted to do. Additionally, this requires first-rate training to be ready to face any challenge, as outlined in the National Defense Strategy.

“Thoughtfully working to build readiness that gets the job done and focuses on the mission will implement the National Defense Strategy,” Barrett said. “We need to give our Airmen the tools they need … and that means modernizing – getting equipment in your hands, on time, so that you are ready to work.”

After seeing various base units, Barrett and Goldfein visited the Headquarters USAFE-AFAFRICA, the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center and the Nuclear University Training Facility, where the two received immersion briefings that highlighted day-to-day operations and initiatives within the major command.

One of the initiatives briefed was the Agile Combat Employment concept. ACE ensures USAFE-AFAFRICA is ready for potential contingencies with little notice by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to respond across the spectrum of military operations.

They also discussed Operation GRIT, a command-wide resiliency program with a holistic approach to strengthen resiliency, reinforce protective factors and reduce unwanted behaviors through deliberate and meaningful personal and professional development from commanders and supervisors.

During an all-call, Barrett and Goldfein took time to answer Airmen’s questions. Correlating a key objective of developing leaders within today and tomorrow’s Air Force, Goldfein addressed several concerns about retention.

“The investment we’re making in inspirational, courageous and caring leaders at the squadron level – to me – is probably the most important retention work that we’re doing,” he said.

Goldfein went on to explain that quality of service and making a career in the Air Force the richest experience possible are also key factors in retaining Airmen. He asked those serving today to consider the importance of the Air Force culture and the preservation of the American way of life.

“If what motivates you is that you’re part of something much bigger than yourself, that when you put on this uniform you’re defending America back home, that the Airmen to your right and to your left are the most incredible people on the planet, and that you’re part of a high-powered team in your squadron, where the culture is such that you feel valued and you are contributing – that’s our culture,” Goldfein said.

This Air Force culture has proven to be a shining example of the American spirit.

“It’s important for us to be represented favorably around the world, and that’s partly done, and favorably done, by our Air Force, everywhere,” Barrett said. “The capability, the competence, the leadership, the strength of character and integrity that the United States Airmen demonstrate, help us serve well to build friendships, alliances and partnerships that will last.”

This heavy responsibility levied upon all service members is one which is not lost on Air Force leadership.

“Someone has to stand between the sheep and the wolves,” Goldfein said. “Never take for granted the importance of your service in the military right now because evil exists, and someone’s got to be the sheepdog. That’s you.”

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