AF leadership visits historic wing, glimpses 332nd AEW future

Air Force leadership visits 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing

Aircrew from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing talk to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, during a tour of the wing Aug. 21, 2017, in Southwest Asia. As part of the visit Wilson and Goldfein had the opportunity to meet Airmen from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing and learn about their contributions to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

Air Force leadership visits 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, right, places a patch on Maj. Robert Coan, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE detachment commander, during a during a tour of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Aug. 21, 2017, in Southwest Asia. While visiting the construction site, Goldfein and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson where briefed about current project to improve the 332nd AEW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

Air Force leadership visits 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing

Maj. Robert Coan, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE detachment commander, left, places a RED HORSE patch on Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during a tour of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Aug. 21, 2017, in Southwest Asia. While visiting the construction site, Goldfein and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson where briefed about current project to improve the 332nd AEW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

Air Force leadership visits 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, left, speaks to Airmen from the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE as part of a tour of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Aug. 21, 2017, in Southwest Asia. During the visit Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein had the opportunity to see current construction projects in the area of responsibility and speak with the Airmen who are building the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

Air Force leadership visits 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, left, and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, center, speaks with Airman Traivon Lee, 332nd Expeditionary Force Support Squadron sports director, Aug. 21, 2017, in Southwest Asia. During the visit Wilson and Goldfein spent time with Airmen, learning about who they are, why they joined and their contributions to U.S. Air Forces Central Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, August 21, 2017.

 

This is Wilson’s first tour of the Air Force Central Command area of responsibility as Secretary of the Air Force. The visit provided an up-close look at the mission of the 332nd AEW and how it generates, executes, and sustains combat air and space power and combat search and rescue forces across the Levant.

 

“We have Airmen throughout the world accomplishing remarkable missions every day,” Goldfein said. “It’s important to take the time to meet these service members who put everything else on hold to combat the threats we face.”

 

During their brief time with the 332nd AEW, Wilson and Goldfein learned about its heritage and how the wing still carries the proud name of the Tuskegee Airmen as they bring the fight to ISIS throughout the region.

 

“I wasn’t aware of all the pieces of this wing,” Wilson said. “It was good to learn about where it’s been and the impact it makes now.”

 

Not only did they see the impact of current operations, they also got a glimpse at the wing’s future plans as it continues to grow and ultimately bring stability to the region.

 

“You’re not only impacting the base, what you’re doing is supporting the entire mission,” Wilson said. “Thank you for taking this time away from your family. RED HORSE Airmen are always out front and they should be proud of their accomplishments here.”

 

Wilson and Goldfein toured different squadrons and spoke with many expeditionary Airmen, learning about their contributions to the mission and thanking them for their service. They also took the time to learn about the Airmen on a personal level and ask them about their time in the Air Force.

 

“It was a great experience for me, especially being a young Airman,” said Airman Traivon Lee, 332nd Expeditionary Force Support Squadron sports director. “They were interested in what I want to do with my career and how far I wanted to go. They kept it about me.

 

“A lot of people look up to them and want to see them because most of us haven’t,” he added. “It boosts our morale for them to do this for us.”

Before departing the AOR, Wilson and Goldfein made their final stop on the flight line to meet aircrew, maintainers and support personnel. The Air Force leaders shook their hands and thanked them for everything they do to keep the mission flying day after day.

 

“The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing is in the right hands,” Wilson said. “These Airmen have continued to carry the proud legacy of those who came before them.”