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Warrior culture: Keeping the edge

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Morin, a 6th Aircraft Maintenance thermography certified technician, takes a thermal image of a bleed air duct at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 1, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Morin, a 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental systems craftsman, takes a thermal image of a bleed air duct at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 1, 2019. As part of the wing’s ‘Fuel Tank’ innovation program, thermal imaging cameras have been approved and implemented recently to quickly determine faulty parts based on inconsistent heat signatures on a KC-135 Stratotanker. Morin is one of five thermography certified technicians at MacDill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Scott Warner)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., along with Airmen from the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron at MacDill AFB, Fla., refuel an F-15E fighter aircraft May 10, 2019. During a total force exercise the Airmen secured the airfield, refueled and rearmed fighter aircraft to get them back to the fight as quickly as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., along with Airmen from the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron at MacDill AFB, Fla., refuel an F-15E fighter aircraft May 10, 2019. During a total force exercise the Airmen secured the airfield, refueled and rearmed fighter aircraft to get them back to the fight as quickly as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

An Airman piloting an F-35A Lightning II completes aerial refueling courtesy of Airmen from the 28th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron aboard a KC-135R Stratotanker, April 26, 2019 over an undisclosed location. The F-35 is on its first deployment to the Middle East as part of the inaugural demonstration of the fighter's next generation combat capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

An Airman piloting an F-35A Lightning II completes aerial refueling courtesy of Airmen from the 28th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron aboard a KC-135R Stratotanker, April 26, 2019 over an undisclosed location. The F-35 is on its first deployment to the Middle East as part of the inaugural demonstration of the fighter's next generation combat capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Culture has manifested itself through collective visions, garnering achievement and value among communities throughout history. The U.S. Air Force is no exception.

During an address to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, 18th Air Force command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, discussed Warrior culture and what it means to the Air Force, Air Mobility Command more specifically.

“Warrior culture is the mindset that Airmen develop when they constantly seek to achieve decisive victory, practice professionalism, and value all members of their team,” said Simpson.

The development and preservation of Warrior culture drives innovation across AMC, leading to astounding achievements in modernization, rapid and resilient response, and power projection across the globe.

“That attitude permeates every formation of the 6th AMW. Whether you are a defender or shore patrol, a maintainer on the flight line putting KC-135s in the air, or a cyber-warrior defending the net, you embody warrior culture,” said Simpson, praising 6th AMW Airmen for their tireless dedication, while highlighting the value every person brings to the mission.

With sustaining the advantage over our adversaries at the forefront of MacDill’s focus, Warrior culture plays a significant role in adapting to the endlessly evolving environment in which we operate.

“Warriors always seek an edge. We are constantly looking for ways to be more lethal, lean, and agile,” said Simpson. “That keeps us a step ahead of our adversaries and always moving toward decisive victory.”