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SecAF, CSAF recognize motivation of Total Force at 380th AEW

Staff Sgt. Kyle Yoder of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron holds out a coin awarded to him by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 18, 2017.

Staff Sgt. Kyle Yoder of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron holds out a coin awarded to him by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 18, 2017. Wilson visited the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein to learn more about how the wing supports the five Air Force core missions and to thank Airmen for their ongoing service in the fight against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks with Airmen during a visit to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 18, 2017.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks with Airmen during a visit to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 18, 2017. Wilson visited the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein to learn more about how the wing supports the five Air Force core missions and to thank Airmen for their ongoing service in the fight against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, right, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, left, speak with Master Sgt. Brandon Holley, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron craftsman,  at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates on Aug. 18, 2017.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, right, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, left, speak with Master Sgt. Brandon Holley, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron craftsman, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates on Aug. 18, 2017. Wilson and Goldfein spoke with many Airmen at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing and thanked them for their ongoing service and support in the fight against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Webb)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates --

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

 

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited the Airmen of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Aug. 18, 2017, to recognize the results of just such enthusiasm: the continued progress against and eventual destruction of ISIS.

 

“It’s not often that you get to see the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff,” said aircrew flight equipment technician with the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron Senior Airman Gabriel Quinones, who Wilson coined for excellence. “For me, honestly it boosts my morale. It shows that they care about every Airman and the work they do at every base.”

 

The 380th AEW is in a unique position as the only wing in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility that supports all five Air Force core missions, said Goldfein.

 

However, it is not just the diversity of mission sets that sets the wing apart. The 380th AEW is made up of approximately 25 percent Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members.

 

“We couldn’t do this job without the Guard and Reserve,” said Goldfein. “This is truly one Air Force. This is an active, Guard, Reserve and civilian team effort to be able to apply airpower that has never been in greater demand.”

 

Senior Airman Trevor Winston, deployed from the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio, was coined for excellence for his work with the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron. While he appreciated the recognition, he emphasized the team effort that supports him every day to get the mission done.

 

Winston also spoke about the importance of a deployment to a Guardsman or Reservist.

 

“Diversity is huge, especially for Guard and Reserve. If you work on a guard base you’re very centralized and don’t get to touch a lot,” Winston said. “But in this environment, you work with some of the greatest minds the Air Force has to offer. Different minds working together produces great results.”

 

It is this enthusiasm in Total Force teamwork that propels the mission forward across the entire United States Air Force, said Goldfein. The 380th AEW is a prime example.

 

“I think back to one of my favorite quotes from General Hap Arnold, who said during the worst days of the Daylight Bombing Campaign during World War II, ‘The problem with airpower is that we make it look too easy,’” said Goldfein. “I wonder what Hap Arnold would think if he came to Al Dhafra and saw what you do every day. It’s nothing short of amazing.”