Local

July 12, 2013

Fanning makes first visit to Nellis, Creech AFBs

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning speaks to Airmen about Air Force concerns during the Acting SecAF All Call at the Flanker Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s hangar July 8 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fanning came to visit with Nellis and Creech Airmen and answer questions they may have.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Airmen here and at Creech AFB Monday as part of his first round of base visits since assuming the position in June.

Fanning was confirmed as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force in April of this year and took on the additional role of acting SecAF after the retirement of Michael B. Donley just two months later.

“I wanted to come here first because of all the things that you do,” Fanning said. “All of the training that goes on out here, the variety of Air Force components, and the impact each has on operations – are in this one place. You are the reason why the adversary is afraid of the United States Air Force. And it’s an honor to be here.”

Fanning met with leaders of various base organizations including the United States Air Force Warfare Center, the USAF Weapons School and the 414th Combat Training Squadron during his day-long visit. Fanning was updated on the progress and priorities of each organization and received information about ongoing programs like the F-35 Lightning II.

An All Call was held in a Nellis AFB aircraft hangar giving Fanning an opportunity to speak directly with more than 950 Airmen about current Air Force priorities and field individual questions from service members. The majority of the discussion revolved around pressing subjects like sequestration, the 2015 budget and sexual assault prevention.

“My immediate priority for the Air Force will be trying to figure out the budget situation,” Fanning said.

Now that he’s assumed the full responsibilities of the SecAF position, he’ll be expected to oversee the branch’s more than $110 billion annual budget.

“We’re still trying to pitch to Capitol Hill a non-sequester budget and create a new stability,” he said.
Also among his top priorities will be changes to management and the re-organization of the Air Force’s upper level decision making processes. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued clear guidance to military leaders looking to reduce headquarters footprints throughout the military in efforts to streamline acquisitions methods.

“To achieve that is going to take some pretty substantial reorganization, but I look at it as an opportunity to create a leaner, more agile decision making process for the Air Force,” Fanning said.

Though Fanning is relatively new to Air Force management, he’s no stranger in Washington, D.C. He brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in the national security world, working in various positions at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and defense think-tanks.

“I don’t know that you can ever feel completely prepared to take on the role of the SecAF,” Fanning said of his transition.

Upon his confirmation as under secretary, Fanning was informed of Michael Donley’s impending retirement and spent his first two months preparing to assume the position Donley held for five years.

“I’ve had a long time to think about it; about what the role meant, and how I would go about it,” Fanning said.

After answering questions from Airmen attending the Nellis All Call, the acting secretary made the 50-mile trip to Creech AFB to enjoy lunch with Airmen and learn more about the base’s remotely piloted aircraft capabilities.

At the end of the day, Fanning was left impressed by the level of work being done by Nellis and Creech Airmen in a challenging fiscal environment.

“My introduction to Airmen over the last three months has been amazing,” Fanning said. “Our greatest asset is our people.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

823rd MXS decreases aircraft maintenance time, saves AF money

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Senior Airman William Georgen [left], 823rd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural mainframe journeyman, and Staff Sgt. Nate Mainville, 823rd MXS aircraft structural ma...
 
 

Analog Leadership in a Digital World

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In today’s military, every service member is a leader, and we all live in a “digital world.” Look around any gathering of people; most of us are online with some form of computer or electronic device the majority of time we are awake. At home station or deployed, portable electronic devices...
 
 
newcomers

Newcomer’s orientation offers useful information

Incoming members of the Nellis community gather together for a Right Start Newcomers Orientation briefing at The Club, July 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During the peak permanent change of station season, approximately 750...
 

 
F35e

Lightning lights up skies over Nellis

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron takes flight July 18 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters at Nellis returned to flight July 18 after a runway fire to...
 
 

AF implements career intermission pilot program

WASHINGTON — Up to 40 active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members who meet eligibility requirements will be offered between one and three years of partially-paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and professional pursuits under the Career Intermission Pilot Program, or CIPP, Air Force officials announced July 30....
 
 
summer-safety

Grilling: prevent damage, injury by keeping it safe

U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler1 Every summer, people across the country get out their grills to barbecue food. Along with this fun tradition comes many potential fire and other safety hazards. A...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin