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18th Air Force command chief engages with MacDill Airmen

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, views Airman 1st Class Malachi Greman, a 50th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuel a KC-46 Pegasus from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker, Jan. 30, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, views Airman 1st Class Malachi Greman, a 50th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuel a KC-46 Pegasus from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker, Jan. 30, 2020. The flight displayed refueling of the KC-46 by MacDill’s KC-135, showing the Air Force’s latest refueling capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., for a refueling, Jan. 30, 2020.

A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., for a refueling, Jan. 30, 2020. The flight displayed refueling of the KC-46 by MacDill’s KC-135, showing the Air Force’s latest refueling capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, pauses for a photo with 50th Air Refueling Squadron aircrew at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 30, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, pauses for a photo with 50th Air Refueling Squadron aircrew at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 30, 2020. Simpson’s visit to MacDill ran concurrent with a visit by KC-46 Pegasus aircraft from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Simpson attended the formation flight and refueling of the KC-46 aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, speaks to an airman leadership school class during a tour at MacDill Air Force Base Fla., Jan. 29-31, 2020.

Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, speaks to an airman leadership school class during a tour at MacDill Air Force Base Fla., Jan. 29-31, 2020. Simpson spoke with Airmen attending airman leadership school about how they can become more effective supervisors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rito Smith)

Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, gets strapped into a parachute rigger demonstration while visiting MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31, 2020.

Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, gets strapped into a parachute rigger demonstration while visiting MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31, 2020. During his visit, Simpson was able to get a hands-on demonstration from the parachute riggers on what their mission is and how they accomplish it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rito Smith)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, delivers a speech at the University Club in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 31, 2020. Simpson visited MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and served as the keynote speaker for MacDill’s Chief Master Sgt. Induction Ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, delivers a speech at the University Club in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 31, 2020. Simpson visited MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and served as the keynote speaker for MacDill’s Chief Master Sgt. Induction Ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Team MacDill was honored to host Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, the 18th Air Force command chief, Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.

Simpson took the trip from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to the Tampa Bay area to engage with MacDill Airmen and serve as the guest speaker for the Chief Master Sergeant Induction Ceremony held Jan. 31, at the University Club of Tampa.

“It’s a blessing to be here and to honor nine well deserving Airmen,” said Simpson in his speech. “It’s an honor to stand on the stage and look at a crowd full of proud family members, leaders and all of you to honor these outstanding Airmen.”

Among the stops on Simpson’s visit was one event specifically requested by the 18th AF command chief – fly in a KC-135 Stratotanker. The flight was momentous in that MacDill KC-135’s refueled two KC-46 Pegasus aircraft assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, in a display of the generational tanker aircraft.

“When senior leaders take the time to visit and engage with Airmen of all ranks, it has a far reaching impact," said Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Green, 6th Air Refueling Wing command chief. "The mentorship Airmen gain can shape their professional development, as well as how they communicate and produce in their work centers.”

During the visit, Simpson toured MacDill’s explosive ordnance disposal and parachute riggers facilities and spent time with Airmen currently enrolled in airman leadership school.

Simpson’s visit concluded as he served as the guest speaker at the induction ceremony, celebrating nine MacDill Airmen for reaching the pinnacle of the enlisted rank structure.

“Leadership, is not about the leaders,” spoke Simpson. “Leadership is about knowing who you supervise and working every day to make them better.”