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CSAF visits Guam, thanks Airmen for providing Pacific airpower

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Welsh spoke about matters pertaining to the Air Force and shared personal stories about himself and his service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Welsh spoke about matters pertaining to the Air Force and shared personal stories about himself and his service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Welsh, accompanied by his wife, Betty, spoke with multiple organizations on matters pertaining to the Air Force and to thank those who serve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Welsh, accompanied by his wife, Betty, spoke with multiple organizations on matters pertaining to the Air Force and to thank those who serve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the all call, Welsh discussed the strategic advantage Guam has in Indo-Asia Pacific theater and thanked Airmen for their dedication and support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the all call, Welsh discussed the strategic advantage Guam has in Indo-Asia Pacific theater and thanked Airmen for their dedication and support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the all call, Welsh discussed the strategic advantage Guam has in the Indo-Asia Pacific theater and thanked Airmen for their dedication and support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the all call, Welsh discussed the strategic advantage Guam has in the Indo-Asia Pacific theater and thanked Airmen for their dedication and support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the all call, Welsh discussed challenges facing the Air Force to include budget changes, future of benefits, readiness and the modernization of the force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the all call, Welsh discussed challenges facing the Air Force to include budget changes, future of benefits, readiness and the modernization of the force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III greets Senior Airman John Berthold, 36th Munitions Squadron munitions inspector, Jan. 21, 2016, during his visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Welsh spoke to Airmen about the outlook of the Air Force and the importance of caring for each other. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III greets Senior Airman John Berthold, 36th Munitions Squadron munitions inspector, Jan. 21, 2016, during his visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Welsh spoke to Airmen about the outlook of the Air Force and the importance of caring for each other. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks to officers during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During his visit to Andersen, Welsh met with Airmen to thank them for their service and dedication, and to discuss challenges and opportunities in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks to officers during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During his visit to Andersen, Welsh met with Airmen to thank them for their service and dedication, and to discuss challenges and opportunities in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Betty Welsh, spouse of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, greets base leaders and spouses during a luncheon Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Accompanying her husband on his visit to Andersen, Betty discussed the challenges spouses face and thanked them for supporting their partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)

Betty Welsh, spouse of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, greets base leaders and spouses during a luncheon Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Accompanying her husband on his visit to Andersen, Betty discussed the challenges spouses face and thanked them for supporting their partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)

Betty Welsh, spouse of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, speaks with organization leaders during a round table discussion Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the discussion, the leaders explained their programs and how its benefits Andersen Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ciera Presentado)

Betty Welsh, spouse of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, speaks with organization leaders during a round table discussion Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the discussion, the leaders explained their programs and how its benefits Andersen Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ciera Presentado)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife Betty visited Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to thank Airmen and discuss the importance of their mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

During an all call, Welsh spoke about Air Force matters and shared personal stories about himself and his service.

“I’m really proud to be an Airman and am really proud of the Airman I grew up with … my dad,” Welsh said. “He is just one of many who made the Air Force such a huge success story. It is not because of airplanes or technology, but because of [the Airmen]. Every now and then take a step back and pat yourself on the back.”

Welsh also discussed budget changes, future of benefits, readiness and the modernization of the force.

“I’m not worried about the last 50 years; I’m worried about the next 50 years. Hanging on to things that made us great will not make us great in the future,” Welsh said. “We have got to modernize … Air Forces that do not stay in front of technology fail.”

Welsh assured the Andersen Airmen he continuously fights for their best interests. As the budget and benefits are being worked and discussed by Congress, the chief of staff constantly works to defend Airmen and their ability to complete the mission.

“When the nation calls, we send you, and if you are not ready to go, we have an issue,” Welsh said. “We will continue to fund training, education and professional development so that you are ready, willing and able to do your jobs.”

After the all call, Welsh opened the floor to questions, and spoke about helping Airmen and morale by doing what he can to alleviate long hours and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

He emphasized how important everyone is to the fight and how it is impossible to fly, fight and win without Airmen.

“Airmen here live in a place that proves geography matters,” Welsh said. “Thank you for the way you represent the Air Force, the way you serve our nation and the way you take care of each other and your families. Never forget how critically important each and every one of you are to the mission.”