Air Force Chief of Staff visits Team Nellis

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  • By Airman First Class Zachary Rufus
  • 57th Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. and his wife, Mrs. Sharene Brown, visited Nellis Air Force Base March 2-4.

During their visit, they met with base leaders and toured different facilities across the installation to see how Team Nellis – home to the largest and most demanding advanced air combat training mission in the world - provides training for composite strike forces, which includes every type of aircraft in the Air Force inventory. 

“The Nellis enterprise is one of the only locations in the world where we can conduct test, tactics development and advanced training at the level our joint and partner warfighting team require to ensure success in conflict against great power competitors,” said Gen. Brown. “As we accelerate change, we’re reviewing modernization efforts that will maximize the enterprise’s future warfighting capabilities.”

While touring the installation, the Chief of Staff met with members of the 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron to observe how they’re using the Multi-Utilization Secure Tactical and Network Ground Station (MUSTANGS) to provide secure data relaying capability throughout the Combat Air Force.

"The United States Air Force Warfare Center (USAFWC) enables the CSAF’s direction to accelerate change or lose by conducting warfighter-centric live and virtual operational test and evaluation, tactics development and advanced training to optimize Air Force capabilities and prepare Airmen for joint, all-domain combat operations,” said David Rose, USAFWC, Plans & Integration deputy director.

“MUSTANG vehicles support agile combat employment operations through on-the-move data processing, thereby ensuring our warfighters have the tools and expertise required to successfully execute missions in any combat situation against any adversary," he added.

While the general visited with Nellis units, Mrs. Brown had the chance to discuss quality-of-life issues with Nellis’ spouses. She also visited with Exceptional Family Member Program representatives and other helping agencies to preview some of the resiliency programs available to Airmen and their families.

“I am very interested in the ways COVID has impacted the mental wellbeing and resilience of our Airmen and their families," she said. "From childcare availability and educational tools to medical resources, it is important for me to discuss these relevant quality of life topics across the base. My discussions with first sergeants, key spouses, junior Airmen and spouses are invaluable, and their feedback is integral to positive change. I encourage our Airmen to continue to raise their voice to their leadership.”

In addition, Gen. Brown hosted an ‘Airmen’s Breakfast’ to speak directly with Airmen about their experiences and coin them for their outstanding performance.

“Being able to sit down and speak with Gen. Brown was an honor,” said Senior Airman Celine Harris, weapons load crew member from Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit. “I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity to gain knowledge and receive advice on perspectives that I’ll be able to carry forward into my career and life.”

During breakfast, Gen. Brown led discussions about quality-of-life issues facing Airmen and their families while keeping the floor open for Airmen to ask him questions about his life. 

“I appreciate what you do for the United State Air Force; what you do today and what you’ll do in the future and how it will shape the future of the Air Force,” said Brown. “You don’t work for me. I work for you. My job is to make you better, and I’ll continue to do my best to make sure it happens.”