Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman
Approximately 670 war fighters from across the Air Combat Command gathered Jan. 3 to 16 at the Weapons and Tactics conference, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., hosted by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.
Attendees discussed ways to efficiently and effectively accomplish the Air Force mission with equipment they already possess while highlighting current and future weapons, tactical issues and solutions for the joint employment of forces.
“The first week (highlighted) tactical challenges,” said H.A. Hamilton, the WEPTAC conference coordinator. “The second week (focused) on the tactics review board.”
The tactical review board aims to examine the component-numbered Air Force tactics, techniques and procedures.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III delivered the keynote address Jan. 15.
During his address, Welsh talked about the Air Force’s mission and the role airmen play in achieving mission success.
“It’s a real world with real world threats,” Welsh said. “How do we take care of it? We take care of it by training right now.”
He also emphasized the importance of principles like leadership, teamwork, respect and professional development to airmen.
“I need people who want to be the best person they can be, first, than being the best officer or airman,” he said.
With the ever-changing nature of the Air Force, it is important for Airmen to be involved and be knowledgeable about where the Air Force is heading in the future, Welsh said.
“Operationally, we’re doing fantastic,” he said. “With Airmen being the most important part of our Air Force, it’s good to see them engaged and curious about where we’re going, and what we’re doing next.”
Welsh ended his speech, expressing his appreciation for Airmen in their efforts to continue progression of weapons and tactics advancement for the service.
“Thanks for being who you are,” Welsh said. “I am so honored to say I stand beside you in the world’s greatest Air Force.”