JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.— --
Col. Leonard Kosinski, 62nd Airlift Wing commander, held two separate sessions of all-calls at the McChord theater May 17, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Kosinski used this time as an opportunity to talk about important announcements and information affecting Team McChord. He also spoke on McChord’s mission and resiliency, and ended the all call with a question-and-answer session. Utilizing a phone application, Airmen were allowed to text in their questions and receive immediate answers.
Different announcements were made throughout the all-call.
The first announcement was given by Master Sgt. Kelly Anderson, 62nd Operation Support Squadron combat crew communication superintendent and Air Force Assistance Fund representative.
“We are in the sixth week of our AFAF campaign right now and we are doing great,” said Anderson. “The AFAF is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to our Air Force family in need (active duty, retirees, Reservists, Guard and our dependents, including surviving spouses). We still have three weeks left in the campaign, so you still have time to give.”
For more information about AFAF go to www.afassistancefund.org/.
After the AFAF announcement, Capt. Michael Morriss, 627th Security Forces Squadron operations officer, spoke to Team McChord about high speed trains coming this fall.
“We are all used to the normal freight trains that travels 35 mph and take between 3 and 4 minutes to approach you,” said Morriss. “There’s a new danger that is coming this fall and that is high speed passenger trains. These trains will be traveling 80 mph and will take less than a minute to approach you. Do not stop on the tracks!”
Following the announcements, Jeanne Morrow, 62nd AW community support coordinator, spoke about resiliency before Kosinski talked about the 62nd AW missions and priorities.
“First off, I want to thank you all for what you do for Team McChord,” said Kosinski. “Our mission is to deliver safe and reliable global airlift, and we do that as a team daily.”
He went on to talk about each one of the Wing’s major priorities.
“Our top priority mission here is to provide nuclear airlift,” said Kosinski. “Even though there are a small handful of people who have their hands on this mission, that mission could not get done without all the support from the 62nd AW, 627th Air Base Group, and all of JBLM.”
The next priorities Kosinski touched on were providing trusted, worldwide airlift, developing and caring for Airmen and their families, advancing joint-basing and Team McChord partnerships, and treating everyone with dignity and respect.
“Trusted worldwide airlift is what we provide every day,” said Kosinski. “No matter where you are in the world, when you see that green tail, you know that the plane is good to go and there will be a great crew on board.”
Kosinski acknowledged the importance of the mission and what really gets the mission accomplished.
“We can’t accomplish any missions without taking care of our Airmen and their families,” said Kosinski. “Missions are important and that’s why we wear the uniform, but we need our Airmen to take care of the mission, and our Airmen can’t be focused unless we take care of them and their family.”
To wrap up his discussion about priorities, Kosinski talked about how Airmen should treat each other before hinting at the upcoming Mobility Guardian exercise.
“The bottom line of everything we do is treating everyone with dignity and respect,” said Kosinski. “There should be that two-way respect and every Airmen deserves to be treated as such.”
“Mobility Guardian is the next big exercise coming up,” said Kosinski. “Mobility Guardian is a huge exercise that is replacing the Air Mobility Command Rodeo. Gen. Carlton Everhart, AMC commander, wants us to train like we fight, which is what Mobility Guardian will provide for us.”
Following the wing commander’s briefing, two Airmen told their resiliency stories before the floor was opened up for a question-and-answer session.
After answering a couple questions using a cell phone application that allowed Airmen in attendance to text in questions that could be immediately answered by the commander, Kosinski closed the all-call by thanking 62nd AW Airmen for what they do.
“Again, I just want to thank you all for what you do every day to make McChord a great base to be a part of,” said Kosinski.