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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley shakes hands with Airman 1st Class Craig McNett, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. General Moseley and his wife, Jennie, visited the base March 14. While here, they toured both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stacy Moless)
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CSAF visits Minot

Posted 3/16/2007   Updated 3/19/2007 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff Sgt. Trevor Tiernan
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs


3/16/2007 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley and his wife Jennie visited here March 14-15.

"It's a great chance to come visit," said General Moseley about his first visit to Minot as chief of staff during a media interview. "This is a great community."

Over the course of an activity-packed day that ended in a flurry of snow, the chief of staff was exposed to both the Warbirds (5th Bomb Wing) and the Rough Riders (91st Space Wing). He also met with local community leaders downtown - a community the general said is important for the U.S. Air Force.

"Being in a community like this reinforces every day why we joined the Air Force and why we took an oath to defend the Constitution and the population," General Moseley said. "It puts a face to the country we defend."

Throughout his visit, General Moseley toured facilities and met with Airmen and civilians.
"People here make it (mission) look easy," he said. "It's not easy."

In addition, he ate lunch with Airmen from across both wings.

"Meeting with the general gave me a bigger outlook," said Senior Airman Antwon Toson, who ate lunch with the chief of staff.

While he spoke to local media, General Moseley explained how a new bomber - known as the next-generation long-range strike program - is one of the Air Force's top five procurement priorities. He also lauded the B-52 as "very, very capable and very, very useful in the war on terrorism."

Furthermore, the chief of staff noted how critical it is to focus on what happens in the next 10 to 15 years - "how we fight today and build for tomorrow," he described it. To illustrate this, General Moseley commented on Minot Air Force Base's high operational readiness.

"The people in the space wing and the bomb wing are very proud of what they do," he said. "They're very proud of the traditions and culture of ballistic missiles and long-range bombers."

Overall, General Moseley said he saw several indications here that confirmed the base's motto: "Only the Best Come North."

"I think what is immediately obvious is the professionalism, the high levels of expertise, the technical skills and the morale," said General Moseley. "My observation as chief of staff is I'm just proud to be in the same uniform."

As chief of staff of the Air Force, General Moseley serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of more than 710,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. A member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general also advises the secretary of defense, the National Security Council and the president.

"Now that I've met him (General Moseley), I want to keep going and keep striving for the best for our country," Airman Toson said.



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