CSAF and CMSAF Conduct Virtual All-Call with US Airmen in Japan | Vandenberg
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — Airmen assigned to Kadena Air Base had the opportunity to engage with senior leaders and joined their peers from other Air Force units across the forces Americans in Japan, during a virtual call hosted by the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, Feb. 8.
During the call, Brown discussed the evolving security environment in the Indo-Pacific region and how Japan’s air force fits into global strategy while navigating COVID-19 while taking into account the precautions that accompany the current times.
“We really have to think about the impact and the risk that we take between the (US Indo-Pacific Command) and how we deter in the Indo-Pacific,” Brown said. “We actually picked up our pace, which I think is the right thing to do, to show the competition that we don’t back down from a challenge.”
Brown described some of the efforts at Air Force Headquarters to improve the capabilities of Allied forces in the Indo-Pacific, while improving the lives of Airmen and their families.
One such effort was the recent reduction in size of the Air Force doctrine document from 100 pages to 16, making it more digestible and easier to understand and execute for Airmen at all levels.
“We deliberately tried to make it very concise in order to get to the point of what we’re trying to do and where we need to move forward as an Air Force,” Brown said. “Our job here is to write a model, stand up for you, and then bend over backwards so you can actually make things happen. The key point here is to trust.
Bass again stressed the need for teams to lean on each other at all levels, especially during difficult and turbulent times. Right now is one of those times.
“When I came into the Air Force, we really had to focus on air, land and sea, where we were very strong and dominated,” Bass said. “Fast forward 30 years, we live in a time when it is no longer enough to be good at these things. We must be strong in air, land, sea, cyber, information and space. And we’re up against a strategic competitor that won’t fight a fair fight if it has to. »
A sentiment that resonated with Airmen across theater was the importance of adequate resources for Air Force units operating throughout the Western Pacific in support of regional allies and partners.
“I appreciated General Brown’s candid response to ensuring units in the Pacific are equipped and equipped in the face of a strategic threat,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Taylor, 1st Special Operations Squadron commander. “I’ve seen the threat increase over three Pacific tours now, and we have to rise up to deal with it.”
The session concluded with the recognition of several outstanding Airmen and a Q&A session where topics such as the future of the Pacific Theater, COVID-19 and ongoing events in Eastern Europe were discussed. .
“I really like how they keep track of anything we’re worried about, especially around COVID,” said Avery Rodriguez, Airman 1st Class, Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentice from 18 Air Force Management Squadron. the equipment. “I want to thank senior management for thinking of us. I know we all work hard, but it’s easier to work harder when you know our leaders are watching over us.
Bass concluded the general appeal by thanking everyone present and those serving in Japan.
“It’s important right now that you serve, that we all have a fundamental understanding of why we serve,” Bass said. “Thank you and please go back and tell your families thank you for the sacrifice and all they do to ensure that you are able to do what your nation needs of you.”
Brown expressed a similar sentiment.
“We want to thank you and your families, we really appreciate their support for you and what you are doing,” Brown said. “You don’t work for us; we work for you. Our job is to make it easy for you in the best possible way. My goal is to knock down as many obstacles as possible to make your life easier.
Attendees included the 18th Wing and Special Operations Wing, Kadena Air Base, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base and tenant units remote all over Japan.