March Air Reserve Base, Calif. --
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden, commander, Fourth Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Timothy White, command chief, 4AF, March ARB, conducted a unit visit with the 452nd Air Mobility Wing here during a unit training assembly Feb. 9-10.
Ogden and White began their visit at the 452nd AMW headquarters building, briefly meeting with Brig. Gen. Matthew Burger, commander, 452nd AMW, March ARB, and Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, command chief, 452nd AMW, March ARB.
All four spoke with Reserve Citizen Airmen from each of the 452nd AMW groups to gain a better perspective of the impact the 452nd AMW provides to support national defense, along with learning more about challenges affecting the wing.
“The unit visit is a great opportunity to showcase to the Numbered Air Force command team our mission, and highlight all of the outstanding contributions our Reserve Citizen Airmen make,” said Burger.
“It’s always great to get insight from a senior leadership perspective, what our priorities are, and providing a time for our Airmen to hear from senior leadership directly,” added Villa. “It’s also an opportunity to show what our challenges are, which may or may not be unique to the NAF or Air Force Reserve Command.”
4AF leadership had the opportunity to tour the Joint Deployment Center and learn about the Total Force impact the wing makes when serving as a disembarkation point for 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Irwin’s National Training Center, Calif.
Additionally, Ogden and White learned about the aeromedical evacuation and contingency response capabilities the wing provides, Air Terminal Operations Center, 452nd Communications Squadron’s significant role in the cyber domain, the medical group’s latest initiatives on maintaining medical readiness, the impact on national defense and humanitarian assistance the C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker weapon systems provide, leadership and mentorship training opportunities, and more.
Ogden and White also attended lunch and leadership development seminars with Reserve Citizen Airmen representing squadrons from each of the 452nd AMW groups. The importance of readiness, resilient leadership and improving the organization were highlighted at the events.
“Readiness – that’s our number one priority,” said Ogden. “Being ready to go…that moment’s notice whenever we get that call that we are able to go.”
At the conclusion of the visit, Ogden and White saved a couple parting words for the members of the 452nd AMW:
“It’s been a tremendous visit with the men and women of the 452nd [AMW] – no one does it better,” said Ogden.
“Awesome visit 452nd,” said White. “As a [previous] wing command chief I had the opportunity to see what you did internally, and then to come back and take a look at it and see all the progress that’s been done…it’s truly amazing.”