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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright answer questions from Airmen during a base-wide “all call” Dec. 19, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. While answering questions, Goldfein and Wright discussed recent and upcoming changes to empower Airmen to be more resilient and lethal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright answer questions from Airmen during a base-wide “all call” Dec. 19, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. While answering questions, Goldfein and Wright discussed recent and upcoming changes to empower Airmen to be more resilient and lethal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein coins Master Sgt. Christopher Kohut, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, for exceptional performance prior to a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Outstanding Airmen were selected to meet with Goldfein and were recognized for their contributing to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission. During the all call, Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright emphasized their gratitude for the safety and security provided by Airmen serving at Al Udeid while also encouraging Airmen to take ownership of their Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein coins Master Sgt. Christopher Kohut, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, for exceptional performance prior to a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Outstanding Airmen were selected to meet with Goldfein and were recognized for their contributing to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission. During the all call, Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright emphasized their gratitude for the safety and security provided by Airmen serving at Al Udeid while also encouraging Airmen to take ownership of their Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Airmen listen to U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the all call, Goldfein and Wright emphasized their gratitude for the safety and security provided by Airmen serving at Al Udeid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Airmen listen to U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the all call, Goldfein and Wright emphasized their gratitude for the safety and security provided by Airmen serving at Al Udeid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright answers an Airman’s question during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Along with offering a “heartfelt thank you,” Wright discussed recent changes to the enlisted assignments system, notably base-of-preference options for Airmen as well as the advertisement of Continental United States assignments for Airmen who have 48-months of time-on-station service time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright answers an Airman’s question during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Along with offering a “heartfelt thank you,” Wright discussed recent changes to the enlisted assignments system, notably base-of-preference options for Airmen as well as the advertisement of Continental United States assignments for Airmen who have 48-months of time-on-station service time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright answer questions from Airmen during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the all call, Goldfein said his leadership team has been pushing decision authority and resources down to the squadron level while simultaneously removing irritants and obstacles to warfighting readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright answer questions from Airmen during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the all call, Goldfein said his leadership team has been pushing decision authority and resources down to the squadron level while simultaneously removing irritants and obstacles to warfighting readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answers questions during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the all call, Goldfein discussed his leadership team’s efforts to reduce the number of Air Force Instructions (AFIs) in existence while also limiting computer based training requirements to those that make the force more lethal and capable. According to Goldfein, the previous number of AFIs in existence was approximately 1,300; a number that has been nearly cut in half and is still dropping. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answers questions during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the all call, Goldfein discussed his leadership team’s efforts to reduce the number of Air Force Instructions (AFIs) in existence while also limiting computer based training requirements to those that make the force more lethal and capable. According to Goldfein, the previous number of AFIs in existence was approximately 1,300; a number that has been nearly cut in half and is still dropping. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answer questions from Airmen during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Wright mentioned potential future changes to the physical training uniform, among other efforts to continuously improve how Airmen train and fight.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answer questions from Airmen during a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Wright mentioned potential future changes to the physical training uniform, among other efforts to continuously improve how Airmen train and fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (center) and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (left of center) meet and talk with Airmen after a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Answering a question from the audience, Goldfein and Wright voiced support for changes that would allow Airmen to move more seamlessly between reserve, guard, and active-duty status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (center) and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (left of center) meet and talk with Airmen after a base-wide “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. Answering a question from the audience, Goldfein and Wright voiced support for changes that would allow Airmen to move more seamlessly between reserve, guard, and active-duty status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answers questions from Airmen during an “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the visit, Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright thanked deployed Airmen for their contributions to the fight, especially during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answers questions from Airmen during an “all call” at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 19, 2018. During the visit, Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright thanked deployed Airmen for their contributions to the fight, especially during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Al Udeid Air Base to meet and speak with service members Dec. 19 to 20, 2018.

 

On the first day of their visit, Goldfein and Wright held a base-wide “all call” where they discussed topics such as leader development, readiness training, and the importance of the mission while offering Airmen the opportunity to give feedback and ask questions.

 

“If we don’t get out and listen and squint with our ears, we get disconnected from the service,” Goldfein said. “This is our opportunity to have you speak truth to power, for us to squint with our ears and really listen to you.”

 

The following day, Wright took the time to talk to Airmen in various work centers including dining facilities, construction sites, and the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire shop. At each stop, Wright recognized exceptional performers while encouraging each Airman he came across to feel invested in their service.

 

“You own this Air Force and you have to treat it like that every day,” said Wright. “When you feel like you own it, you’re more apt to make the right decisions to provide us the feedback we need to get after the things that are in our span of control.”


The two leaders also thanked Airmen for the work they do in support of the nation’s defense.

 

“Thank you, not only for what you’re doing for our nation, not only for what you’re doing for our Air Force and the joint force, but for the incredible support you provide me, the [Chief of Staff] and the Secretary of the Air Force,” said Wright. “Our ears are wide open and we want to continuously hear from you and get feedback on how we’re doing.”

 

Along with expressing gratitude, Goldfein connected the service of Al Udeid Airmen with the safety enjoyed by their family members and friends located elsewhere.

 

“In your hometown, your family, my family back home … they’re not worried about getting attacked,” said Goldfein. “That’s not because there aren’t folks out there who aren’t trying. We’re here forward so that our families can be safe back home. America sleeps well at night because Al Udeid doesn’t. Never underestimate the importance of your service in uniform, at this time, when our nation needs us most.”

 

Al Udeid Air Base is just one stop for Goldfein and Wright as they travel to meet Airmen throughout U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s area of responsibility.