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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Team Little Rock Airmen during an all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. During her visit, Bass learned about the TLR’s Total Force Integration efforts while sharing information on her three focus areas: People, Readiness, and Culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass views the 19th Airlift Wing’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response mural entitled “Shades of Healing: An Untold Story Never Heals” at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. The mural was painted to showcase the “five stages of healing” that victims go through after a sexual assault and provide a source of support, encouragement and comfort for victims in knowing they are not navigating the road to recovery alone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass visits with the Operational Support Team at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. The OST embeds with squadrons on the installation in order to contribute to mission success and enhance quality of life by allowing easier access to care for Airmen while improving individual health and unit performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass signs her name on the heritage wall at the Knights Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. The heritage wall is an opportunity for the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to remember Airmen that were previously assigned to the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass receives a patch from Senior Airman Harees Munir, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron integrated communication, countermeasure, and navigation system craftsman, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. During her time at the 19th AMXS, Bass discussed how the Multi-Capable Airmen concept will be every Airman’s responsibility in the future fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Team Little Rock Airmen during an all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. During her visit, Bass learned about the TLR culture while sharing information on her vision for the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. Mike Perry, Air Force First Sergeant special duty manager, simulates an in-processing session at the Walters Community Support Center at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. The community center recently streamlined in-processing procedures as part of an effort to create a smoother process for inbound and outbound Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Team Little Rock Airmen during an all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. During her visit, Bass learned about the TLR culture while sharing her vision for the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass receives a briefing on the True North program at the Walters Community Support Center on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. The True North program enables support functions to embed with units across the base to provide direct support to Airmen in a familiar environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Team Little Rock Airmen during an all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. Bass discussed future policy changes and emphasized the importance of Accelerate Change or Lose, and the Action Orders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass takes a photo with a Marine at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2021. LRAFB is home to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Marine Unit Detachment which enables Marines to receive initial qualification training on the C-130. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass shakes hands with an Airman from the 913th Airlift Group at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 8, 2021. During her visit to LRAFB, Bass met with Airmen from across the Total Force to include active-duty, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with an Airman from the 189th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 8, 2021. During her visit to LRAFB, Bass met with Airmen from across the Total Force to include active-duty, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 8, 2021. During her visit, Bass learned about the TLR culture while sharing her vision for the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Airmen from the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 8, 2021. During her visit to LRAFB, Bass met with Airmen from across the Total Force to include active-duty, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass attends a Team Little Rock mission brief at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 8, 2021. During the mission brief, Bass had the opportunity to speak with installation leadership and discuss the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Joanne S. Bass visited Little Rock Air Force Base, Nov. 8-10, witnessing firsthand how Team Little Rock is fostering an environment of connectivity and continuously sharpening its integration across the Total Force.

Upon her arrival, Bass met with Total Force units across the installation, receiving an inside look at the essential partnerships between the base’s active duty, guard and reserve components.

“I couldn't be more pleased to see Air Mobility Command totally integrated with our Air Education and Training Command, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve partners,” Bass said. “When I go out on the flight line, I can't tell who is who, and that's exactly how it needs to be.”

Bass also spent time learning about how TLR is accelerating change with respect to an Airman’s professional development.

In recent years, LRAFB has served as a pioneer in the implementation of development courses designed specifically to fill in the gaps between already established professional military education. These locally established curricula include Flight Leadership Course and Supervisor 101 – both of which are initiatives Bass praised. 

“Little Rock Airmen are really getting after a whole continuum of learning by helping develop our folks within the gaps of PME, and what y’all are doing here already lines up the Force Development Action plan that we hope to roll out in December,” Bass said. “It's not PME that makes us amazing people, it's PME plus the experiences and training that we're giving them, and Little Rock's doing it right.”

Next, Bass met with TLR’s various support organizations to glean further insight into benchmark programs and initiatives, such as the True North program and the unit embedment of Operational Support Teams, each aimed at taking care of Airmen across all pillars of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness.

“We need leaders at all levels to create a climate where every Airman feels valued, can perform to their next potential, and know that they are cared for,” Bass said, emphasizing her three focus areas of People, Readiness and Culture.  “If these conditions are met, then chances are the mission will happen naturally and Airmen will want to give their very best.”

Mid-way through her visit, Bass hosted an all-call during which she applauded TLR for setting a standard on how the Air Force can take care of its people while still carrying out the mission in the face of ever-evolving pacing threats.

"Our most competitive advantage is our people,” Bass said. “It's not our aircraft that makes the United States Air Force so great—it's our people that help get us there."

Following the all-call, Bass headed back out to meet and speak with Airmen within their work centers to see how they are fostering a more connected culture.

“I saw great culture at a whole lot of places that I went to, and more than that, I saw pride,” Bass said. “[I saw] the pride that they have in making their duty sections a place where they enjoy coming to work and the bonds that they have with each other.”

Before departing, Bass reflected on her experiences with TLR’s Airmen and partnerships, which drive the critical mission of projecting and sustaining undaunted tactical airlift – anytime, anywhere.

“I have so much to take back to my fellow teammates and share the goodness that is going on with AMC leading the charge, and our AETC, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves mission partners, all doing great things on behalf of our nation.”

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