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Senior leaders discuss key issues on final day of AFA conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and
Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Department of Defense and Air Force senior leaders discussed key military issues, and reiterated their support and appreciation to total force Airmen during the final day of the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference Sept. 17, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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AF leaders share updates on space, nuclear enterprise at conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The second day of the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference in Washington D.C. enlightened attendees on current developments to the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, space and cyberspace programs and other Air Force major commands, programs and initiatives.

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AF senior leaders kick off annual AFA conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Air Force senior leaders kicked off this year’s Air Force Association Air and Space Conference today in Washington D.C. They discussed several Air Force mission areas and hosted a Spouse and Family Forum focused on family resiliency.

Other Air Force commanders and directors held additional panel discussions on command and control, airpower in NATO, and updates about the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

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CMSAF showcases Airmen on final day of AFA conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

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The third and final day of the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., was led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody.

Winnefeld discussed the impact of sequestration on the military’s ability to meet its mission requirements and emphasized the Air Force’s role in national security. Welsh led a panel of Air Force senior leaders who answered a variety of questions on Air Force issues. Lastly, Cody shared his views on the service’s enlisted force and lauded Airmen for their contributions and achievements.

The day started with Winnefeld discussing the effect of the nation’s current fiscal challenges on military readiness.

“We need to balance our national security interests, the way the military goes about defending those interests and the financial means we use to defend those interests,” Winnefeld said. “We owe it to the taxpayer to always search for ways to become more efficient. It’s time for us to lean this business out, or we won’t have the means to protect this nation.”

Winnefeld praised the Air Force and its leadership for continuing to find innovative ways to balance operational requirements and stay combat-ready.

“If the Air Force were a stock, I’d be buying it right now,” he said. “Aim high, and give the Air Force the backing they need. Fly, fight and win.”

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National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Frank Grass followed up Winnefeld with a discussion about the future of the Guard as budget constraints change what resources they have to perform their diverse mission.

“Our mission hasn’t changed, but our vision is probably at risk because of sequestration,” Grass said.

According to Grass, the Guard’s operational forces include homeland operations, deployments, exercises and creating individual opportunities for Guardsmen to serve in other joint capacities.

“They want to maintain their relevance and be a resource to the Air Force and the nation,” he said.

One of Grass’s priorities is for the Guard to act as a responsible steward of the bureau’s resources.

“We must consolidate and prioritize our programs,” Grass said. “We have to re-double our efforts to be accountable for everything and everyone. We must take care of our people and organizations and support and sustain the National Guard community.”

Welsh and more than 10 other senior Air Force leaders answered a variety of questions about sequestration, science and technology, acquisitions, modernization, training, leadership and other issues.

Welsh stated he would like every commander and supervisor to feel like they are part of the decision-making process.

“We need commanders to command, supervisors to supervise and Airmen to lead,” Welsh said. “Common sense is the first standard we need to apply.”

Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training commander, said he would like to see new training platforms for pilots to gain more insight into the Air Force’s next generation aircraft.

“We need a new, advanced trainer to be ready for a 5th generation system to continue to provide world class education and training for our Airmen,” Rice said.

CMSAF speaks about enlisted perspective
During Cody’s session to discuss the service’s enlisted force, his messages focused squarely on how Airmen are helping the Air Force win the fight, strengthening the team and shaping the future.

“Our Airmen are our greatest asset,” Cody said. “Airmen equal airpower, and we bring them in from across the globe. They all have great stories.”

Cody said he is immediately bringing Roll Call back to the Air Force to deliver messages to the field from senior Air Force leadership for Airmen to use as a topic of discussion when they gather for daily or weekly meetings.

PHOTO 1: Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh hosted a senior leader forum during the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Stout)

PHOTO 2: Army Gen. Frank Grass leads a discussion about today’s National Guard at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Technology Exposition Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Grass is the chief of the National Guard Bureau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andy Morataya)

PHOTO 3: Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody discusses why deliberately developing Airmen is more important than ever at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Cody says training, education and experience are required to effectively develop Airmen. Cody’s role is to provide direction for the USAF enlisted corps and represent their interests to those in all levels of government. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)

Acting SECAF kicks off annual AFA conference

Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

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Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III helped kick off the Air Force Association’s three-day Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition today. This is the largest air and space conference in the United States and includes more than 60 forums, panels and other keynote presentations. The Air Force Public Affairs Agency Social Media Division will provide readers daily blog posts during the conference to highlight Air Force senior leaders’ key discussions.

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Fanning started the morning by touting innovation as the fabric of the service’s past and future. The secretary also commented on other key topics ranging from F-35 Lightning II and KC-46 Tanker programs to cyber, sequestration, strategic guidance and the future of defense structure. He also praised Airmen for their flexibility and resiliency and is optimistic about the Air Force’s future because of the quality of people who make up the world’s greatest Air Force.

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Betty Welsh, Air Force Chief of Staff spouse, met with Air Force spouses and other family members during the AFA’s Spouse and Family Forum that focused on strengthening families by helping spouses overcome unique issues that come with military life. She also shared a couple personal stories about challenges the Welsh family faced during the chief of staff’s 36-year career.

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The Command Chief Master Sergeants Forum addressed several audience topics including sequestration, sexual assault and leadership. While Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody was unable to attend, the chiefs in attendance spoke candidly and gave advice. Selfless leadership was a common theme among the panelists citing the purpose of developmental assignments as developing future Air Force leaders, not primarily helping Airmen improve personally. Selfless leadership also means getting to know your Airmen and their lives so that their potential can be maximized.

Some good advice for all Airmen was also offered. “You have to be open to all the opportunities,” Air Force Special Operations Command Command Chief William Turner said. “You’re getting experience. If your heart is in the right place and purposeful, good things will come.”

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Chief of the Air Force Reserve Lt. Gen. James Jackson took the opportunity to update conference attendees on his plan for maintaining a combat-ready force during fiscal challenges being felt by every service in the Department of Defense. Jackson went into great detail about the Reserve’s operational capabilities, strategic depth and surge capabilities. He also gave the audience an overview on the Reserve’s current force structure and how he believes total force integration will lead to better communication and daily operations with each Air Force component.

We’ll bring you more coverage from the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition tomorrow.

PHOTO 1: Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Air Force Association Chairman of the Board George K. Muellner kick off the 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The conference highlights excellence and outstanding achievement of the Air Force’s finest with the national aerospace awards program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Stout)

PHOTO 2: Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning gives his keynote address at the 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)

PHOTO 3: Chief of the Air Force Reserve Lt. Gen. James Jackson discussed the state of the Reserves and Air Force Reserve Command at the 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)

PHOTO 4: Command chief master sergeants from six major commands participated in a Command Chief Master Sergeants Forum at the 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)