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18th Air Force emphasizes readiness, squadron vitality at MacDill

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., greets Airmen at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., greets Airmen at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019. The 18th AF is the largest Numbered Air Force, with an assigned military and civilian workforce of more than 37,000 personnel, which covers 11 wings and two stand-alone groups. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., pauses for a photo with U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, the 6th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) commander and other 6th AMW maintenance Airmen at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., pauses for a photo with U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, the 6th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) commander and other 6th AMW maintenance Airmen at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019. Barrett visited MacDill as a part of a weeklong tour where he was able to meet MacDill Airmen, listen to technological advancements and innovative ideas MacDill Airmen had on how to improve efficiency, and observe daily operations of MacDill tenant units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force Commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., listens to a fuels manpower presentation by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Griggs, the 6th Maintenance Squadron accessories flight chief, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force Commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., listens to a fuels manpower presentation by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Griggs, the 6th Maintenance Squadron accessories flight chief, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019. Barrett visited MacDill as a part of a weeklong tour where he was able to meet MacDill Airmen, observed daily operations of MacDill tenant units and listened to technological advancements and innovative ideas MacDill Airmen had on how to improve efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, right, the 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, greets Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, left, the 18th Air Force (AF) commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, right, the 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, greets Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, left, the 18th Air Force (AF) commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 7, 2019. As Air Mobility Command’s (AMC) sole Numbered Air Force, the 18th AF is responsible for supporting AMC's worldwide operational mission of providing rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and a global air mobility support system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., coins Maj. Benjamin Hedges, the 6th Operations Support Squadron combat support flight commander, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., coins Maj. Benjamin Hedges, the 6th Operations Support Squadron combat support flight commander, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019. Barrett visited MacDill as a part of a weeklong tour where he was able to meet MacDill Airmen and recognize star performers for exceeding the call of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., participates in an M-9 pistol shooting competition, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., participates in an M-9 pistol shooting competition, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019. Barrett visited MacDill as a part of a weeklong tour where he was able to meet MacDill Airmen, observed daily operations of MacDill tenant units and listened to technological advancements and innovative ideas MacDill Airmen had on how to improve efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force (USAF) Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., talks about M-9 pistol qualification with USAF Staff Sgt. Dalhian Guest, a 6th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., talks about M-9 pistol qualification with USAF Staff Sgt. Dalhian Guest, a 6th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019. Barrett visited MacDill as a part of a weeklong tour where he was able to meet MacDill Airmen, listen to technological advancements and innovative ideas MacDill Airmen had on how to improve efficiency, and observe daily operations of MacDill tenant units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force (USAF) Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., prepares M-9 pistol magazines with USAF Staff Sgt. Dalhian Guest, a 6th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., prepares M-9 pistol magazines with USAF Staff Sgt. Dalhian Guest, a 6th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019. Barrett visited MacDill as a part of a weeklong tour where he was able to meet MacDill Airmen, observed daily operations of MacDill tenant units and listened to technological advancements and innovative ideas MacDill Airmen had on how to improve efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force (USAF) Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., talks about M-9 pistol qualification with USAF Staff Sgt. Dalhian Guest, a 6th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th Air Force commander from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., talks about M-9 pistol qualification with USAF Staff Sgt. Dalhian Guest, a 6th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019. Barrett visited MacDill as a part of a weeklong tour where he was able to meet MacDill Airmen, listen to technological advancements and innovative ideas MacDill Airmen had on how to improve efficiency, and observe daily operations of MacDill tenant units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

Tech. Sgt. Josue Silva, an 18th Air Force (AF) enlisted aide from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., participates in a bite training exercise with Tech. Sgt. Matthew McElyea, the 6th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and his log, Lleonard, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019.
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Tech. Sgt. Josue Silva, an 18th Air Force (AF) enlisted aide from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., participates in a bite training exercise with Tech. Sgt. Matthew McElyea, the 6th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and his log, Lleonard, at MacDill AFB, Fla., May 9, 2019. Silva was a part of a 18th AF tour with Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, the 18th AF commander, in which 18th AF leadership met MacDill Airmen, listened to technological advancements and innovative ideas MacDill Airmen had on how to improve efficiency, and observed daily operations of MacDill tenant units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

MacDill Air Force Base is a key location for the Department of Defense to project forces anytime and anywhere it chooses. The strategic location in Tampa, Fla., and 24 KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft play a vital role in national defense, but its success is powered by the Airmen within.

 

During a base visit spanning May 7-10, 18th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, applauded the 6th Air Mobility Wing, the installation’s host wing, on its commitment to Air Mobility Command’s mission as well as its commitment to its Airmen.

 

“What I see here at this base is that you’re getting after what you can control today to make the life of a civilian or an Airman to your left or right better,” said Barrett, during a speech to Airmen at the base theater, May 10.

 

18th Air Force command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson emphasized that the key to operational success is to include the whole team.


“In the end our goal as a team is to have every single member understand that they belong to this team and have a purpose,” said Simpson regarding his perspective as the senior enlisted member of the numbered Air Force. “When we have belonging and purpose for every one of our members, we can achieve any goal or task that the nation puts in front of us and solve the problems we have.”

 

Barrett focused on the importance of readiness and squadron vitality throughout his visit. He explained the way forward in the evolving battlefield is to embrace the priorities set forth by the Chief of Staff and Air Mobility Command.

 

“Full spectrum readiness is the challenge, innovation is the way we get there, and squadron vitality is the secret to our long term success,” Barrett said. “That’s where our culture lives…That’s how we employ combat power.”