Air Force

December 6, 2013

Air Force News – December 6, 2013

Welsh: Airmen should use common sense in missions

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told Airmen Nov. 27 at the 28th Bomb Wing, S.D., they need to use common sense as they go about their duties.

“No one knows your jobs better than you do,” the general told about 1,000 Airmen gathered in the base’s Pride Hanger. “You are the experts in your missions.”

Common sense would dictate that if Airmen run across something in their duties that doesn’t make sense, then they should suggest better ways to do them, Welsh said.

“If it’s a policy, or a guideline, or an (Air Force Instruction), or a reporting requirement, and you can’t figure out why it makes sense to be doing it, then maybe we shouldn’t be doing it,” he said. “If it doesn’t match common sense then I don’t care what it says in the AFI, let’s talk about it.”

There is enough to do, the general said, without blindly following guidelines or instructions that may have been in place for more than 20 years. Airmen need to identify things that don’t make sense and bring them to the attention of supervisors and commanders.

Supervisors and commanders owe these young airmen the respect and courtesy to listen, Welsh said. “When your young Airmen or NCOs or young officers come to you and say, ‘I don’t understand why we are doing things this way,’ pay attention,” the general said.

Washington D.C.

Gung-ho spirits were the norm as wounded-warrior athletes from the four services, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Department of Veterans Affairs competed at the 3rd Annual Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament, in recognition of Warrior Care Month.

Florida

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets as the Vietnam-era aircraft recently landed. Aircraft 68-0599 spent more than 20 years in the Air Force “Boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base before being brought back to life for one last mission.

Afghanistan

President Barack Obama thanked Staff Sgt. Dustin Hawkins for his service and talked football with him on the phone Nov. 28 at Kandahar Airfield. Hawkins is assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron.

Korea

A large portion of the 8th Fighter Wing Wolf Pack helped at local libraries, women’s shelters, elementary schools, kimchee farms and retirement homes in and around Gunsan City.




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