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Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett meets with Airmen from the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 13, 2020.  Barrett stopped at the air traffic control tower, fire station and various units within the 352 Special Operations Wing during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett meets with Airmen from the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Feb. 13, 2020. Barrett stopped at the air traffic control tower, fire station and various units within the 352 Special Operations Wing during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett looks out over the base and surrounding community with Col. Troy Pananon, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, and Col. Clay Freeman, 352 Special Operations Wing commander, atop the air traffic control tower during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 13, 2020. During Barrett’s visit she spoke to members of RAF Mildenhall about Team Mildenhall’s mission, Air Force modernization and listen to their innovative ideas on how to improve the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett looks out over the base and surrounding community with Col. Troy Pananon, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, and Col. Clay Freeman, 352 Special Operations Wing commander, atop the air traffic control tower during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Feb. 13, 2020. During Barrett’s visit, she spoke to members of RAF Mildenhall about the team’s mission, Air Force modernization and listened to their innovative ideas on how to improve the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

Tech. Sgt. Ralph Steele, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron section chief of plans and integration, speaks to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 13, 2020. Barrett’s visit to RAF Mildenhall was her first as the 25th Secretary of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

Tech. Sgt. Ralph Steele, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron section chief of plans and integration, speaks to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Feb. 13, 2020. Barrett’s visit to the installation was her first as the 25th Secretary of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett speaks with 352 Special Operations Wing air commandos during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 13, 2020. During Barrett’s visit she stopped at various units including the air traffic control tower, fire station and different units within the 352 SOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett speaks with 352 Special Operations Wing air commandos during her visit to RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Feb. 13, 2020. During Barrett’s visit, she stopped at various units including the air traffic control tower, fire station and different units within the 352 SOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)

RAF MILDENHALL, United Kingdom (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett met with RAF Mildenhall Airmen and families and toured the installation for the first time, Feb. 13.

The 25th Secretary of the Air Force visited the air traffic control tower, fire station and various units within the 352 Special Operations Wing.

Barrett spoke to members of RAF Mildenhall about the team’s mission, Air Force modernization and listened to their innovative ideas on how to improve the installation.

“This is a key base for the United States, and a key opportunity for us to work well with our allies and partners,” Barrett said. “It’s terrific to see the joint work that our Airmen are doing with the leadership from the United Kingdom and working from here on missions from many geographical locations.”

Being the first Secretary of the Space Force and a trained astronaut, she emphasized the importance of developing the Defense Department’s newest military branch.

“It is very exciting to be a part of the stand-up for the Space Force,” Barrett said. “We all use space, but many people don’t think about how much space plays a role in their lives. It’s important for us to defend those assets that make our way of life possible. We need to be prepared to deter belligerent action in space.”

Barrett also expressed her admiration for the people at RAF Mildenhall.

“I’d like to add my great appreciation for the men and women I’ve had the privilege to interact with,” Barrett said. “From the extraordinarily innovative training, to the maintenance teams who have done great things, to the selfless operators who are flying in the aircraft. It’s wonderful to see how well this base is operating.”

 

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