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CSAF visits 162nd Wing: fields questions and thanks Airmen

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III addresses Airmen of the 
162nd Wing, Tucson International Airport Air National Guard Base, Arizona, 
during an all call meeting March 26. More than 700 Airmen attended the all 
call where Welsh thanked them for their continued service and dedication. 
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III addresses Airmen of the 162nd Wing, Tucson International Airport Air National Guard Base, Arizona, during an all call meeting March 26. More than 700 Airmen attended the all call where Welsh thanked them for their continued service and dedication. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visits with Gen. Edward 
P. Maxwell, the Commander of the Arizona Air National Guard, during Welsh's 
visit to the 162nd Wing, Tucson International Airport Air National Guard Base, 
Arizona, on March 26. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory 
Ferreira)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visits with Gen. Edward P. Maxwell, the Commander of the Arizona Air National Guard, during Welsh's visit to the 162nd Wing, Tucson International Airport Air National Guard Base, Arizona, on March 26. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira)

Barb Gavre, program manager of the Airmen and Family Readiness Office, 
discusses programs with Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. 
Mark A. Welsh III, during their visit to the 162nd Wing, Tucson International 
Airport Air National Guard Base, Arizona, on March 26. (U.S. Air National 
Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira)

Barb Gavre, program manager of the Airmen and Family Readiness Office, discusses programs with Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, during their visit to the 162nd Wing, Tucson International Airport Air National Guard Base, Arizona, on March 26. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife Betty visited the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing on March 24 to discuss wing missions and meet service members.

Welsh met with wing members during an all call and spoke about the role the Guard plays in the future of the Air Force. He also fielded questions presented by Airmen from different walks of life and gave his perspective on how to overcome challenges. 

The chief of staff got a first-hand look at the roles Airmen from the 162nd Wing play in the Air National Guard. 

Five top performers, one from each group joined Welsh during a mission brief and represented what it means to be a 162nd Wing Airman. Welsh expressed his appreciation for these performers.

"Thanks for all the contributions you have made to the Wing," said Welsh.

Welsh recognized the unique characteristic of the close family bond that is embedded within the Guard.

"At Guard units you feel the country; Guard units have a special family feel," said Welsh, who mentioned Guard units have generations of family members serving at the same unit.

A topic Welsh covered during the all call was the importance of pride in every Airman serving in today's Air Force. The relevance of every Airman serving in the Air Force was a common theme discussed by the General. 

Pride begins here and each Airman should remember how critically important they are to the Air Force, said Welsh.

Welsh also said it's important to listen to new ideas and to focus on people, as our Airmen are at the heart of every Air Force mission.

Col. Howard Purcell Commander of the 162nd Wing, appreciated the visit and support from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

"The CSAF's visit to Tucson and the 162nd highlights the incredible importance of our Wing's Airmen and missions to our country's present and future national strategy," said Purcell.

"My key takeaway from the all call was that the CSAF and his wife truly care about all our Airmen, and have a solid plan for the continued success of our Air Force," said Purcell.