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Air Force Chief of Staff meets with Andersen Airmen, shares vision during Indo-Pacific region visit

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L.  Goldfein, meets members of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with members of Team Andersen, during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, center, speaks to Airmen assigned to the 736th Security Forces Squadron during his visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. The 36th CRG incorporates more than 30 different Air Force specialties into a rapid-deployment unit designed to be a "first-in" force. The contingency response teams are equipped and trained to secure an airfield and establish expeditionary airfield operations. The 36th CRG was created specifically to respond to the growing number of fast-moving contingency deployments today's Air Force experiences in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members of Team Andersen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members of Team Andersen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members of Team Andersen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members of Team Andersen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Airmen assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group during his visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. The 36th CRG incorporates more than 30 different Air Force specialties into a rapid-deployment unit designed to be a "first-in" force. The unit trains, organizes, equips Airmen as part of a cross-functional force, providing initial Air Force presence in potentially austere forward operating locations as directed by commander Pacific Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, left, speaks to Tech. Sgt. Timothy Zacek, right, and Master Sgt. Ronald Wymer, center, both assigned to the 554th RED HORSE Squadron, during a visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. RED HORSE Airmen, which stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer, support the operations and training of the Andersen AFB’s 36th Contingency Response Group. The unit provides cross- functional forces capable of establishing Air Force presence in potentially austere forward operating locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members of Team Andersen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to members of Team Andersen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L.  Goldfein, meets members of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with members of Team Andersen, during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, meets members of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with members of Team Andersen, during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L.  Goldfein, meets members of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with members of Team Andersen, during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Airman 1st Class James Garcia, a fire team member assigned to the 736th Security Forces Squadron, during a visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. The contingency response Airmen of the 736th SFS provide first-in force protection for the 36th Contingency Response Group during air base opening, contingency and humanitarian assistance operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L.  Goldfein, meets members of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with members of Team Andersen, during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

.S. Air Force Maj. Sean Conley, 36th Mobility Response Squadron assistant director of operations, right, greets and introduces Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein to his unit’s mission set and Airmen assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group during a visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with military and civilian team members in various units during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff. The mission of the 36th CRG is to train, organize, equip and lead cross functional forces providing initial Air Force presence potentially austere forward operation locations as directed by commander Pacific Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel))

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L.  Goldfein, meets members of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with members of Team Andersen, during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Airmen assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group during his visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with military and civilian team members from various units during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff. Although typically tailored for a specific mission, the CRG is postured to deploy all or part of a 120-person team of more than 30 specialties with no more than 12 hours notice. The 36th CRG is designed to be a multidisciplinary, cross-functional team whose mission is to provide the first on-scene Air Force forces trained to command, assess, and prepare a base for expeditionary aerospace forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L.  Goldfein, meets members of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein met with members of Team Andersen, during his first visit to Andersen AFB as chief of staff.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)
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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, left, greets Airman 1st Class Jessica Provencal, a fire team member assigned to the 736th Security Forces Squadron during his visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. The contingency response Airmen of the 736th SFS provide first-in force protection for the 36th Contingency Response Group during air base opening, contingency and humanitarian assistance operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Airmen assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group during his visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. The 36th CRG incorporates more than 30 different Air Force specialties into a rapid-deployment unit designed to be a "first-in" force. The unit trains, organizes, equips Airmen as part of a cross-functional force, providing initial Air Force presence in potentially austere forward operating locations as directed by commander Pacific Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, left, speaks to Staff Sgt. Daniel Reid, an independent duty medical technician assigned to the 36th Mobility Response Squadron, during a visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. The contingency response Airmen of the 36th MRS provide rapidly deployable airbase opening capability in order to initiate and sustain mobility airlift operations anywhere in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to uniformed and civilian Airmen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)
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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to uniformed and civilian Airmen during an all call at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 8, 2018. Goldfein shared his thoughts about the future of the Air Force and how Team Andersen's work plays a strategic role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, and his wife Dawn, visited Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 7 – 8.

During his first visit as Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Goldfein and his wife met with service members and spouses to get a firsthand look at how they accomplish and support Andersen AFB’s mission. Goldfein spoke about the diverse air combat assets on Andersen AFB and the role they play in the defense of the Indo-Pacific region.

“Our job in the U.S. military is to be ready,” Goldfein said. “Every moment counts and we must do everything we can. It’s our readiness for that is our greatest deterrent.”

Focusing on the squadron as the heart of Air Force readiness, Goldfein emphasized the continued need to empower unit leaders at all levels in order to ensure mission success.

“Squadrons are the absolute heartbeat of our Air Force,” Goldfein said. “It’s where Airmen arrive when they come from tech school, where we teach them what it means to be an Airman and it’s where we generate readiness and innovation. I trust our squadron command teams to be able to make the mission happen, if we can just give them the resources and get out of the way.”

While at Andersen AFB, Goldfein toured the flightline, met with aviators and support Airmen, and viewed a demonstration of the agile combat employment capabilities of the 36th Contingency Response Group.

As Gen. Goldfein toured the operational side of Andersen AFB, his wife Dawn toured base support facilities and met with key spouses whom Gen. Goldfein described as an integral part of a successful “command team.”

“When I talk about squadrons, I say squadron command teams,” he said. “Because it’s a commander, a senior NCO and their spouses who work together to take care of the mission and the people who are assigned to it.”

The visit culminated with an all-call with service members. Goldfein expressed his gratitude for all of Team Andersen and supporting mission partners for their contributions to readiness in the Indo-Pacific.

“Let me say to each of you, thank you,” Goldfein said. “Thank you for what you are doing, thank you for what your families are doing, this is as important a time as there has ever been to serve in uniform and I can’t more proud to serve with you.”

For more information on the Air Force chief of staff and Air Force top priorities, please visit www.af.mil