CMSAF visits RAF Mildenhall, shares insight with Airmen

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  • By Senior Airman Luke Milano
  • 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and his wife Tonya met with RAF Mildenhall Airmen during an immersion tour Aug. 2, 2018.

The 18th chief master sergeant of the Air Force observed and took part in a 100th Security Forces Squadron shoot-house demonstration and a Forward Area Refueling Point demonstration with the 352nd Special Operations Wing.

Wright also engaged RAF Mildenhall Airmen about resiliency, readiness and leadership at an all-call, and how the three themes are intertwined.

“Resiliency is being able to go through that challenge, whatever type of adversity it may be and still keep going, move through or bounce back,” Wright said. “I think it’s normal and natural for us all to face some sort of adversity in our lives. It is necessary for growth.”

Wright emphasized the importance resiliency has on the overall readiness of Airmen.

“Being resilient is a direct tie to readiness because no matter how hard you train – no matter how good you are at your job, no matter how ready you are to fight – if you don’t have it together from a physical, mental, spiritual and social standpoint, it’s going to be tough,” Wright said. “As we think about the future of our force and readiness, we have to also think about how we keep those same Airmen resilient.”

Wright expressed his confidence in the team after receiving hands-on experience during his visit to Mildenhall.

“I’ve been in this theater before and I’m very familiar with the mission and how hard the team works here,” Wright said. “I really like how Team Mildenhall, both the 352d SOW and the 100th ARW, work together. I feel very confident that the readiness here is very high considering the amount of priority missions and work that Mildenhall does for this command.”

Wright stressed the importance of leadership in the Air Force.

“I think we can fix a lot of things in our U.S. Air Force by creating a culture that allows every Airmen to thrive, and to feel like they are a part of something special,” Wright said.