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McChord Airmen showcase their warrior culture during 18th Air Force visit

Col. Erin Staine-Pyne, 62nd Airlift Wing vice commander, Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, Col. Scovill Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, exit the 62nd Airlift Wing headquarters to see more of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 20, 2019.

Col. Erin Staine-Pyne, 62nd Airlift Wing vice commander, Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, Col. Scovill Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, exit the 62nd Airlift Wing headquarters to see more of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 20, 2019. As the sole numbered air force under Air Mobility Command, 18th Air Force is responsible for delivering innovative rapid global mobility solutions through operational expertise and capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, and Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, are given a presentation by Will Nelson, 62nd Maintenance Squadron Metals shop foreman, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, and Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, are given a presentation by Will Nelson, 62nd Maintenance Squadron Metals shop foreman, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019. The metals shop innovates, develops, and then produces technological advances for McChord's aircrafts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, and Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, are briefed by Senior Master Sgt. Kristopher R. Russ,  627th security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, inside the air traffic control tower at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb 20, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, and Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, are briefed by Senior Master Sgt. Kristopher R. Russ, 627th security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, inside the air traffic control tower at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb 20, 2019. The air traffic control tower overlooks the entire McChord field flightline and operates 24 hours a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, and Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, are briefed by Senior Master Sgt. Kristopher R. Russ,  627th security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, inside the air traffic control tower at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb 20, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, and Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, are briefed by Senior Master Sgt. Kristopher R. Russ, 627th security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, inside the air traffic control tower at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb 20, 2019. The air traffic control tower overlooks the entire McChord field flightline and operates 24 hours a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, right, observes as U.S. Army high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) offload from a McChord C-17 Globemaster III on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019.

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, right, observes as U.S. Army high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) offload from a McChord C-17 Globemaster III on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019. As a joint base, the Air Force and Army work together on JBLM in joint-training exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marty Wohlgemuth, 5-3 Field Artillery Battalion commander, listen while Capt. Guy Evertson, 8th Airlift Squadron pilot, shares the applicability of joint-basing to real-world skills development on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019.

Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marty Wohlgemuth, 5-3 Field Artillery Battalion commander, listen while Capt. Guy Evertson, 8th Airlift Squadron pilot, shares the applicability of joint-basing to real-world skills development on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019. As a joint base, both Air Force and Army personnel have more opportunities to learn from each other and practice effective joint-training. (U.S. Air force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Airman 1st Class Zachary T. Castro, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer, speaks with Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, inside a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb 20, 2019.

Airman 1st Class Zachary T. Castro, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer, speaks with Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, inside a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb 20, 2019. During his visit, Barrett met many of the McChord Airmen that contribute to the vital mission of combat airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, right, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, sits as a soldier from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade highlights the unique capabilities of the high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, right, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant, sits as a soldier from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade highlights the unique capabilities of the high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019. McChord's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft transport HIMARS to rural locations for more realistic joint-training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, takes questions from the audience during an all call, Feb. 22, 2019, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, takes questions from the audience during an all call, Feb. 22, 2019, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Barrett encouraged innovation from individual Airmen and whole squadrons when solving problems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sara Hoerichs)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

There is something about every Air Force base that makes it unique. The 62nd Airlift Wing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, has a unique culture of professionalism and taking care of each other, which 18th Air Force leadership had the opportunity to see during their visit here Feb. 19-22, 2019.

“I see a strong culture here, keep it going, make it even better,” said Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, during an all-call for 62nd AW Airmen and families.

Everyone in the 62nd AW and Team McChord community contributes to Air Mobility Command’s unrivaled global reach and the mobility superpower that is the United States.

“We can move anything, anywhere, rapidly,” said Barrett.

Excellence starts with taking care of Airmen. They can’t contribute their best if they are not being taken care of and made to feel that they have a purpose and sense of belonging.

“We don’t succeed alone,” said Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief master sergeant.

“If you believe that you’re part of a team that values you and has your back and you have theirs, and that what you’re doing is really important, there’s nothing more powerful than that,” said Simpson. “That’s how you build resilient Airmen. You take care of people and foster that sense of belonging.”

The leaders from 18th AF emphasized the value and importance of fostering a warrior culture, in which everyone is an important member of a high performing team, to include civilian employees, Total Force Airmen, and their families.

One of the pillars of the Air Force, and a warrior culture, is resiliency.

“Resiliency doesn’t just extend to the battle field, it doesn’t just extend to the workplace, it extends to life as a whole,” said Simpson. “So all the things we do to boost our resiliency, they don’t just make us better Airmen, they make us better people.”

During their visit to the wing, 18th AF leadership witnessed the capabilities of Team McChord Airmen to tackle tasks from operational to support with dedication, commitment, and drive – warrior culture incarnate. Barrett and Simpson recognized several of those Airmen who were selected by their unit leadership as star performers for using innovation to directly support the mission.

“The pride and the passion from the wing commander, to the newest Airman on the yard is evident,” said Simpson. “They all have a clear understanding of why they’re here and what their role in that is.”

Many people join the Air Force to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Airmen here at 62nd experience that and the unique opportunity to be a part of a joint base.

“The biggest thing we gain from the joint-basing experience is a better understanding of how each service contributes to the defense of the nation and the military’s humanitarian efforts,” said Simpson. “McChord has the unique opportunity of serving on a joint base, having a mission set that is directly tied to another service and seeing this day in and day out.”

He also said that at the core, we’re all the same. Everyone - Air Force, Army, civilians, families -  contribute, in some shape or form, to the ultimate goal of winning decisively.

Sometimes Airmen can lose sight of the importance of what they’re working toward. That’s when it’s especially important to pay attention to those individuals and support them to remind them of their purpose and belonging in this Air Force.

“I’ve spent my entire life in and around this wonderful Air Force,” said Barrett. “It is my family, which makes all of you my family.”

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