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Acting SecAF Fanning meets MacDill Airmen

The Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning receives lessons from Capt. Steven Whitson, a pilot instructor, in a flight simulator Aug. 29, 2013, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.,. The use of simulators are becoming more and more important due to increasing budget constraints. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ned T. Johnston)

The Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning receives lessons from Capt. Steven Whitson, a pilot instructor, in a flight simulator Aug. 29, 2013, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.,. The use of simulators are becoming more and more important due to increasing budget constraints. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ned T. Johnston)

The Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning meets with Airmen of the 6th Security Forces Squadron marine patrol at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 29, 2013. Fanning was taken out with the marine patrol for a tour of MacDill AFB from Tampa Bay, and to gain insight into the job these Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro)

The Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning meets with Airmen of the 6th Security Forces Squadron marine patrol at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 29, 2013. Fanning was taken out with the marine patrol for a tour of MacDill AFB from Tampa Bay, and to gain insight into the job these Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro)

The Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning receives lessons on MacDill's Boom Operator Weapon Systems Trainer Aug. 29, 2013, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The BOWST is a fully simulated, large-scale procedural trainer for aerial refueling with replicated aircraft systems, controls, and functions within a complete aircrew boom compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ned T. Johnston)

The Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning receives lessons on MacDill's Boom Operator Weapon Systems Trainer Aug. 29, 2013, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The BOWST is a fully simulated, large-scale procedural trainer for aerial refueling with replicated aircraft systems, controls, and functions within a complete aircrew boom compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ned T. Johnston)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) --

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning stopped here Aug. 29, to speak with Airmen, advocate their concerns and explain future force objectives.

Fanning, upon becoming the acting SecAF in June and having served as the undersecretary of the Air Force since April, has been making his way to as many bases as possible, to get a first-hand look at the missions and people who make up the Air Force.

During his tour, Fanning visited the 6th Security Forces Squadron's marine patrol unit, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, the KC-135 Stratotanker boom simulators, and the MacDill Area Resilience Center.

"I think it's awesome that SecAF Fanning wanted to meet with the Airmen of MacDill," said Tech. Sgt. Lamar Daniel, an 91st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator and simulator instructor. "It's important for our decision makers to see what happens at the ground-level and during our daily operations."

One of the key intentions of the tour was to meet with Airmen and answer their questions. Fanning ended his tour by gathering the masses for a 6th Air Mobility Wing all call.

During the all call, Fanning detailed leadership's diligence to resolve budget issues, discussed trending sexual assault problems, and explained how we need to tell the "Airman's story."

During the event, Airmen also asked Fanning for clarification on the war in Afghanistan, sequestration, a possible Air Force drawdown and military benefits.

Fanning stated, leadership is doing everything in their power to meet the needs of the Airman. But, with the looming budget issues he emphasized the need to work together. "Staying flexible and resilient will be a must," Fanning said. 

Prior to his departure, Fanning reiterated two vital points: taking care of one another and bracing for the days of uncertainty.

"The Air Force is a resilient organization when it is focused on something and it knows how to figure out the solution," Fanning said. "We need to take care of our wingman and increase our efforts during this trying time."

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