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18th Air Force commander dives into Little Rock’s warrior culture

Airmen stand around a man.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, speaks to 19th Maintenance Squadron Airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 29, 2019. Airmen from around the base met with Simpson and discussed their Air Force experience, as well as asked questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Men walk into a hangar.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, enters the isochronal inspection hangar at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 29, 2019. Barrett was briefed on how the 19th Maintenance Squadron contributed to full-spectrum readiness by conducting chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training and requiring a higher level of job proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Two men look to each other and talk.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Taylor, 19th Airlift Wing inspector general, speaks with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, about the numerous full-spectrum readiness exercises conducted at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 29, 2019. Taylor was the lead inspector for the exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Men and women stand in an oval and talk.

Members of the 19th Medical Group greet U.S. Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, before describing how they train during exercises at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 29, 2019. Little Rock AFB regularly conducts base-wide, full-spectrum readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Men and women pull ropes on a parachute.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, assists Airmen from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron rig a parachute at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 30, 2019. Barrett learned about the readiness exercises and day-to-day operations during a tour of the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Men stand in front of a hoist and ropes.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Alton, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron aircraft services element member, shows U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, 18th AF command chief, how the M-1 fail-safe mechanism works Jan. 30, 2019. Barrett, his wife Kelly and Simpson visited many facilities at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, such as the base chapel, the Hercules Dining Facility and flightline shops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Two men stand in front of a rifle and talk.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, speaks with U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, 19th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, about the capabilities of the base range at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 29, 2019. The 18th Air Force leadership saw multiple units on Little Rock AFB, learning of their specific mission contributions and hearing their concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Two men shake hands.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Carrico, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production journeyman, is coined by U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, for his outstanding job performance at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 29, 2019. Airmen from around the base met with Barrett and discussed their Air Force experience, as well as asked questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Men and women sit in seating along the sides of the photo, while a man walks in the middle aisle.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, speaks with Airmen at an all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 31, 2019. Simpson spoke about the importance of having a supportive, positive culture for Airmen to work and grow in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, explored the many capabilities of Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 28-31, 2019, including Airmen’s ability to generate agile combat airlift, ensure full-spectrum readiness and embody a warrior culture.

Barrett met with Team Little Rock Airmen and received first-hand accounts of their performance and how they help support the mission. They also discussed the benefits of joint exercises such as Green Flag Little Rock and Mobility Guardian, which prepare mobility forces to operate in combat.

“Green Flag Little Rock is absolutely critical to our forces,” Barrett said. “We don’t just fight as an Air Force when we execute our mission. It’s as a joint team. What exercises like Green Flag do is they pull together the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and some coalition countries to be able to work together in multi-domain, complex environments.”

These exercises, conducted in a variety of locations to mimic the diversified environments Airmen may travel to, help give realistic scenarios to test current capabilities.

Likewise, exercises conducted here are targeted to teach Airmen readiness in a crawl-walk-run fashion. Each iteration provides a roadmap for how to craft future training.

“We’re using multiple base-wide exercises to increase our full-spectrum readiness,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Eric Balbo, 19th Maintenance Squadron superintendent and briefer. “It’s all about changing the mindset of Airmen. We’re building up that quick-response muscle memory for future endeavors around the world.”

During an all-call with Airmen, Barrett addressed Airmen’s concerns and discussed how past base-wide exercises have prepared mobility forces to operate in combat. Team Little Rock’s approach to the renewed readiness initiative supports this vision with its regular and diversified exercises, testing a wide array of military responses.

“I don’t think I have another wing that exhibits a mission-focused culture and a ‘can-do’ attitude like the 19th Airlift Wing does,” Barrett said. “I think they are very well trained and postured to execute the mission that we task them to do anywhere in the world.”

Examining a variety of base assets and meeting the Airmen in charge of them, Barrett witnessed the Combat Airlifter mindset first-hand. Airmen who deliver innovative solutions through operations expertise are developing the footprint for the future of rapid global mobility and responding to adversarial threats internationally.

“We must always be adapting to a changing environment,” Barrett said.

Team Little Rock has ensured readiness and resiliency are priorities by tailoring them to meet the needs of home station and contingency response requirements.

Barrett toured the base’s new Welcome Center at the Airman and Family Readiness Center while also learning about how the 19th AW is focusing on developing Airmen to be ready for tomorrow’s fight.

“We do training today to be ready for missions tomorrow,” Barrett said. 

Barrett also noted that without a tight-knit and interactive community, Combat Airlifters would not be able to sustain the warrior culture needed to focus on home station training, humanitarian relief or supporting contingency operations.

“The way the community here embraces the Airmen … it’s a powerful enabler for the Air Force,” Barrett said.

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