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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright arrives at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3, 2019. Wright visited multiple units across the installation including the 19th AW, 314th AW, and 189th AW to learn about Herk Nation’s singular focus on Combat Airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Chief Wright puts on a virtual reality headset

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright tests out the virtual reality headset with Tech. Sgt. Michael Feliz, 62nd Airlift Squadron NCO in charge of innovation, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3, 2019. Wright visited multiple units across the installation including the 19th AW, 314th AW, and 189th AW to learn about Herk Nation’s singular focus on Combat Airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airmen gather to speak to Chief Wright

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with members from the 714th Training Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3, 2019. Wright visited multiple units across the installation including the 19th AW, 314th AW, and 189th AW to learn about Herk Nation’s singular focus on Combat Airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Jessica Cicchetto)

Chief Wright sits in a C-130 flight simulator

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright simulates flying a C-130H in a Multi-Mission Crew Trainer, with Master Sgt. David Long, 189th Operations Support Squadron instructor flight engineer, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3, 2019. Wright visited multiple units across the installation including the 19th AW, 314th AW, and 189th AW to learn about Herk Nation’s singular focus on Combat Airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Chief Wright speaks to Airmen in a hangar

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with members from the 189th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3, 2019. Wright visited multiple units across the installation including the 19th AW, 314th AW, and 189th AW to learn about Herk Nation’s singular focus on Combat Airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Chief Wright poses for a photo with a bus ful of Airmen

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with Security Forces members from the 19th Security Forces Squadron that are departing for a deployment to an undisclosed location from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3-4, 2019, to meet with Airmen and take part in the base’s Wingman Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Chief Wright check IDs at the gate before sun rise

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright augments Security Forces members from the 19th Security Forces Squadron, helping check identification cards while greeting Airmen at the gate at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3-4, 2019, to meet with Airmen and take part in the base’s Wingman Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Airman gather to speak to Chief Wright

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and Chief Master Sgt. Manny Piñeiro, Air Force special duty manager for first sergeants, visit Camp Warlord at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. Camp Warlord is Team Little Rock’s training complex where semi-annual full-spectrum readiness exercise are held to for Airmen to practice and hone their expeditionary readiness skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Airman gather in the lobby of the base clinic to talk to chief wright

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and Chief Master Sgt. Manny Piñeiro, Air Force special duty manager for first sergeants, surprise Airmen of the 19th Medical Group with a visit at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. During his visit, Wright took part in various Wingman Day activities to get to know Team Little Rock Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and Chief Master Sgt. Manny Piñeiro, Air Force special duty manager for first sergeants, visit the dormitories during Operation DORM STORM, a part of Wingman Day at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. More than 400 supervisors and base leaders conducted small repairs and beautification efforts, demonstrating leadership’s commitment to the health and well-being of Airmen. During his visit, Wright took part in various Wingman Day activities to get to know Team Little Rock Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Airmen gather outside of the dormitories the morning of Wingman Day to begin Operation DORM STORM at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. The event brought together more than 400 supervisors and base leaders to the dorms to conduct small repairs and beautification efforts; demonstrating leadership’s commitment to the health and well-being of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Hale, 314th Maintenance Group quality inspections supervisor, puts final touches of paint to the dorms during Operation DORM STORM as part of Wingman Day on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. The event brought together more than 400 supervisors and base leaders to the dorms to conduct small repairs and beautification efforts; demonstrating leadership’s commitment to the health and well-being of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gerald Ramos, 714th Training Squadron Military Training Leader, trims trees and hedges around the Airmen dorms during Operation DORM STORM as part of Wingman Day on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. The event brought together more than 400 supervisors and base leaders to the dorms to conduct small repairs and beautification efforts; demonstrating leadership’s commitment to the health and well-being of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with members of the 19th Civil Engineering Squadron after visiting the dormitories during Operation DORM STORM, a part of Wingman Day at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. During his visit, Wright took part in various Wingman Day activities to get to know Team Little Rock Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with an Airman during the Wingman Day Herk Nation Mission Expo at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. The festival style event was designed to connect every junior Airman to their vital role in our Combat Airlift Mission; featuring static and interactive displays of equipment and facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Airmen participate in the Herk Nation Mission Expo during Wingman Day at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. The festival style event was designed to connect every junior Airman to their vital role in the Combat Airlift Mission and featured static and interactive displays of equipment and facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

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Patrick Loggins, 19th Force Support Squadron education and training chief, teaches about education benefits base during the Wingman Day Herk Nation Mission Expo at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. The festival style event was designed to connect every junior Airman to their vital role in the Combat Airlift Mission and featured static and interactive displays of equipment and facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Nichols)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with Tech. Sgt. Malcom Moe, 913th Airlift Group historian, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. During his visit, Wright took part in various Wingman Day activities to get to know Team Little Rock Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with Airmen following lunch at the Hercules dining facility at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. During his visit, Wright took part in various Wingman Day activities to get to know Team Little Rock Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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U.S. Air Force Col. John Schutte, 19th Airlift Wing commander, speaks to the crowd during Oktoberfest at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. Oktoberfest was a family-friendly celebration for Team Little Rock to strengthen the bonds of community and celebrate the successes of Phase I of the Resiliency Campaign Plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Faniko Brown, 19th Communications Squadron superintendent, throws an axe during Oktoberfest at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. Oktoberfest celebrated the successes of Phase I of the 19th Airlift Wing’s Resiliency Campaign Plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

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U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. William Jones, 373rd Training Squadron electrical and environmental systems instructor, rolls a barrel during Oktoberfest at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. Oktoberfest included activities such as axe throwing, bounce houses, barrel races and food tents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

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Team Little Rock members wait in line for food and beverages during Oktoberfest at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 4, 2019. Oktoberfest was the culminating event marking the end of Phase I of the 19th Airlift Wing’s Resiliency Campaign Plan and set the standards for Phase II of the RCP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 3-4, 2019, to meet with Airmen and take part in the base’s Wingman Day.

Wingman Day was the culminating event for Phase I of the 19th Airlift Wing’s Resiliency Campaign Plan. The RCP is the 19th AW’s method of connecting Airmen to not only the mission, but also to the resources and community required for cultivating a culture of Ready Warriors. 

Upon his arrival, Wright visited multiple units across the installation including the 19th AW, 314th AW, 189th AW, and 913th Airlift Group to learn about how Herk Nation’s singular focus on Combat Airlift is underpinned by the foundation of training that happens here and is manifested in the day-to-day operations supported around the world.

“Having the opportunity to see all four of the mission sets that you have here with the three wings and the group has been an amazing experience,” said Wright. “I got the opportunity to connect with quite a few Airmen today and yesterday -- I appreciate what you guys do.”

For all Airmen, Wingman Day started with taking a wing-wide Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey. The 19th AW partnered with the 711th Human Performance Wing from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, to provide a more detailed survey to approximately a third of Airmen, focusing on unit culture and mental health.

“We wanted to solicit direct feedback from members across the wing,” said Col. John Schutte, 19th AW commander. “We will take that feedback and use it to inform what our efforts will be over the course of the second phase of our RCP.”

To kick off Wingman Day, Wright augmented Security Forces members helping check identification cards while greeting Airmen at the gate.

Following his time with the defenders of the base, Wright visited Camp Warlord – Team Little Rock’s training complex where semi-annual full-spectrum readiness exercise are held to gain a better understanding of where Airmen practice and hone their expeditionary readiness skills.

Wright then stopped by the 19th Medical Group for a surprise visit to meet LRAFB’s medical professionals.

Next, Wright was able to join Airmen at the Herk Nation Mission Expo — a festival style display connecting junior Airman to their vital role in Combat Airlift.

“The expo gave everyone a chance to see the bigger picture,” said Senior Airman Matthew Head, 189th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management journeyman. “It’s a good way of building community — to take a day just to reflect on what we’re doing. The mission’s important, but most effective when everyone has a clear mind and an understanding of why we’re here.”

After the Expo, Wright joined in for Operation DORM STORM, bringing more than 400 supervisors and base leaders to conduct small repairs and beautification efforts to the dorms; demonstrating leadership’s commitment to the health and well-being of Airmen.

“Operation DORM STORM is all about visibly demonstrating to Airmen at the lowest level that leaders from across the base want to dedicate our time and our efforts to take care of Airmen,” said Schutte.

Before departing, Wright sat down with Airmen for lunch at the Hercules dining facility where they spoke about their personal stories and their outlooks on the Air Force.

Wingman Day ended with a family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration for TLR to strengthen the bonds of community and celebrate the successes of Phase I of the RCP.

“Whether it’s Wingman Day or what we did with the Resiliency Tactical Pause, we all need to just stop for a minute and kind of reassess where we are and what we’re doing,” said Wright. “I like that part of your Wingman Day was helping Airmen around the installation connect to the primary mission.”

The 19th AW plans to leverage the momentum of the RCP by continuing to focus on a culture where Airmen feel connected, protected and respected.

“As we end the first phase of our RCP, I hope Airmen enjoyed Wingman Day as much as I did,” said Schutte. “In addition to having the honor of sharing in these events with Chief Wright and some of our elected representatives, this was an excellent culmination of efforts from across our wing over the past two months to really focus in on what unites and connects us.”

Phase 2 of the RCP will be a multi-faceted education effort; redoubling efforts in Airman Leadership School, Flight Leadership Course, Key Spouse Training, various other Developmental and Leadership seminars and courses, and forging Ready Warriors through Full Spectrum Readiness exercises.

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