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AF Chief of Staff visits, talks with Team Eglin

CSAF visit

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein addresses an Airman during an all-call June 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein spent two days visiting Eglin, the Air Force Enlisted Village and Hurlburt Field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Staff Sgt. Carl Josephson, 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron, talks to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein about his mission June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein visited Team Eglin to learn more about the missions of the three wings and various units on base and to share updates on Air Force efforts to revitalize squadrons, strengthen joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Bob DuPont, 780th Test Squadron, talks to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein about the 30-millimeter cannon ammunition June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein visited Team Eglin to learn more about the missions of the three wings and various units on base and to share updates on Air Force efforts to revitalize squadrons, strengthen joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Team Eglin during an all-call June 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein spent two days visiting Eglin, the Air Force Enlisted Village and Hurlburt Field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Tech. Sgt. Darien Scott, 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron, talks to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein about the squadron’s Combat Shield mission June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein visited Team Eglin to learn more about the missions of the three wings and various units on base and to share updates on Air Force efforts to revitalize squadrons, strengthen joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Tech. Sgt. Jesse Pickrell, 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron, briefs Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein on equipment used for his mission June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein visited Team Eglin to learn more about the missions of the three wings and various units on base and to share updates on Air Force efforts to revitalize squadrons, strengthen joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Chief Master Sgt. John Sawyer, 96th Operations Support Squadron, speaks to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during an all-call June 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein spent two days visiting Eglin, the Air Force Enlisted Village and Hurlburt Field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein is introduced to the Air Force Research Lab Commander’s Challenge winning creation and team June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The team custom-made a helicopter and drone to meet the AFRL contest instructions to win this year’s prize. Goldfein visited Team Eglin to learn more about the missions of the three wings and various units on base and to share updates on Air Force efforts to revitalize squadrons, strengthen joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

CSAF visit

Tech. Sgt. Darien Scott, 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron, talks to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein about the squadron’s Combat Shield mission June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein visited Team Eglin to learn more about the missions of the three wings and various units on base and to share updates on Air Force efforts to revitalize squadrons, strengthen joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Surrounded by 50 state flags, a giant American flag, heavy humidity and almost 4,000 eyes, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein took to the stage during an all-call and visit with Team Eglin here June 27-28.

The general addressed the state of the Air Force and the service’s ongoing effort to revitalize squadrons, strength joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control.

He told the crowd of 1,800 Airmen and civilians these areas are vital to the current conflicts and the wars to come.

“You and I have, from this moment until the war begins, to get ready and every day counts,” said Goldfein.  “We have to provide credible military options to our diplomats so they can negotiate a better peace.”

He praised Eglin’s efforts in the modernization field and with keeping the warfighter up to date on the battlefield. 

“In the short time I’ve been here, I can say you are leading the effort when it comes to innovative thinking,” he said.

During his visit, he heard from all three wings and many other units on the latest progressions in test and training taking place here.  He highlighted the 96th Security Forces Squadron and the Air Force Research Lab Commander’s Challenge team in his remarks at the call.

The defenders recently began using a tactical air control system to help with base defense and the AFRL team built a remote-piloted helicopter that can travel 30 miles and deliver resources.

During the call, the CSAF also talked about the critical importance of family to the strength and growth of the Air Force.  He said he now has a unique perspective on “military family.”  He joked about being in his position and receiving the direct feedback from his daughter who is now an Airman.  

After the state of Air Force announcements, he opened the floor to questions.  Goldfein answered questions on a range of topics from sexual assault to the idea of warrant officers in the force.

The general closed his emerald coast tour visiting the Air Force Enlisted Village and officiating the retirement ceremony of Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, former Air Force Special Operations commander at Hurlburt Field.  At the AFEV, he and his spouse, Dawn, visited and shared Air Force updates with the residents.

In his closing remarks to Team Eglin, the CSAF shared his love for the job and the people at his command.

“It has never been a more important time to serve and as your chief, I couldn’t be prouder to serve with you,” said Goldfein.


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