(Via Ho’okele News)
Airmen from the 15th Wing had the opportunity to hear from 11th Air Force leadership during a base familiarization tour here at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Jan 21.
Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, 11th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jerry Moore Jr., 11th Air Force command chief, met with Airmen to discuss current issues affecting readiness and the future of the Air Force.
Handy encouraged Airmen of all ranks to think of new efficient ways to conduct their business. He urged Airmen to speak up about any issue, concerns or pitfalls that could hinder them.
“Never be shy about asking questions because there is no one who knows your job better than you,” said Handy. “Your supervisors and commanders need your insight. That’s what could get us through the turbulent times over the next few years.”
Handy and Moore also had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a few of the wing’s most junior Airmen, where they discussed the outlook of the Air Force, career progression, and force reduction.
Moore highlighted the importance of maintaining a positive attitude.
“Not having a positive influence makes it hard to be good at what you do,” said Moore. “You should be proud of opportunities that you have and always serve to best of your ability. Do what the Air Force expects you to do, and always doing your best.”
“Today’s interaction with our 11th AF senior leadership was very educational,” said Senior Airman Justin Beach 15th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice. “It’s great having the opportunity to address issues that are going on in today’s Air Force with our senior leaders.”
“They helped to give me a better understanding of what’s going on, and what’s to look forward to in our Air Force,” said Beach. “It’s reassuring to know that our leaders are mindful of the issues we face as Airmen.”