18th CMSAF ventures to Misawa to listen, encourage

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Airman 1st Class Jeremy Daniels, 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Airman 1st Class Jeremy Daniels, 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright coins Staff Sgt. Christopher Caldwell, 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright coins Staff Sgt. Christopher Caldwell, 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers, 35th Fighter Wing broadcast journalist, conducts an interview with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers, 35th Fighter Wing broadcast journalist, conducts an interview with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright takes a selfie with Staff Sgt. Bennita Edwards, 35th Fighter Wing protocol NCO in charge, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright takes a selfie with Staff Sgt. Bennita Edwards, 35th Fighter Wing protocol NCO in charge, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright raises his hand at an all-call during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright raises his hand at an all-call during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to a mission brief during his Indo-Asia Pacific immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to a mission brief during his Indo-Asia Pacific immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright addresses Airmen’s concerns during his Indo-Asia Pacific immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright addresses Airmen’s concerns during his Indo-Asia Pacific immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright explained how the 35th Fighter Wing Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighter’s, ready to “fight tonight” during an all-call hosted toward the conclusion of his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to a 35th Medical Group brief given by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Lopez, 35th Medical Operations Squadron unit care center chief, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. During his visit, Wright spoke with 35th Fighter Wing Airmen, addressing their concerns and critical roles within Pacific Air Forces. Wright also dedicated time mentoring junior and senior enlisted Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to a 35th Medical Group brief given by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Lopez, 35th Medical Operations Squadron unit care center chief, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. During his visit, Wright spoke with 35th Fighter Wing Airmen, addressing their concerns and critical roles within Pacific Air Forces. Wright also dedicated time mentoring junior and senior enlisted Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright spoke with 35th Fighter Wing Airmen addressing their concerns and critical roles in the Indo-Asia-Pacific during his theater immersion tour, June 9.

The 18th CMSAF learned about the “Wild Weasel,” Koku-Jieitai, or Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Naval Air Facility and Army Joint Tactic Ground Station missions at Misawa and dedicated time mentoring junior and senior enlisted Airmen.

“I am here to do one thing--to listen,” said Wright. “As your chief, it is my job to listen to your concerns and I would be remised if I didn’t come and look at you face-to-face and get feedback on how to make our Air Force better.”

Throughout the day, Wright listened to presentations on Misawa’s professional development strategy and Airmen welfare. He also visited various work centers focusing his primary concern on innovative Airmen.

“My three focus areas are training, leadership and resiliency,” said Wright. “But the one thing that keeps me up at night is resiliency. I get to see the best things in the Air Force, but I also see the worst. Collectively, it leads me to believe our Airmen, your teammates, are not as resilient they can be and this has become my primary focus.”

Additionally, Tonya Wright, the CMSAF's wife, met with key spouses and explained how they are people of interest within a military household as well.

“It is important for spouses of higher ranking individuals to mentor newer spouses,” said Mrs. Wright. “If they do not know all of the organizations that are there to help them, they cannot channel their own resiliency.”

Toward the conclusion of his visit, Wright hosted an all-call, which emphasized that Misawa Airmen are the definition of resilient warfighters ready to “fight tonight” within the Pacific Air Forces’ area of responsibility.

“With the level of global instability, it gets tough on Airmen,” said Wright. “In those tough times, I need all of us to bounce back. We are a great Air Force, but there is nothing greater that gives us a more strategic advantage in this world than our Airmen.”

Furthermore, the CMSAF priorities mirror the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s, which focuses Airmen’s ability to fight, leadership and welfare qualities at the squadron level versus higher headquarters. Wright stressed this level is where the mission is accomplished and commanders and senior enlisted members have the most influence on junior Airmen.

“I felt energy, I felt enthusiasm and I felt pride today,” said Wright. “When I see what Airmen have accomplished here, it says a lot about the leadership team at Misawa. I am proud of what I have seen here. Thank you.”