by A1C Lacie Carmody
509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
2/19/2013 - WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Chief
Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike's command chief
visited Team Whiteman Feb. 8-9, bringing with him a vision for the
future of Airmen stationed not only at Whiteman, but across the Air
Hornback is no stranger to the base, having been previously stationed here twice.
"Visiting Whiteman Air Force Base is like coming home, and it feels like
the 509th Bomb Wing has wrapped itself back around my shoulders," he
Hornback toured the base, spending time with individuals across the installation and addressing the evolution of the Air Force.
He said he believes today's Airmen are more digitally linked and
globally aware than former generations. In his view, what is important
now is bridging the gap between senior leadership and junior Airmen.
This will not be accomplished by "fixing" the way junior enlisted think,
but understanding and offering guidance instead, he said.
Hornback also stressed the importance of spending more time discussing
the problems of the present and tackling issues in the future, while
spending less time in front of computers or at a desk.
"There are some basic foundations to help lay," Hornback said. "I can't
tell you that you use my path because that only worked for me 28 years
ago. That path is completely different now; it's a different Air Force.
"NCOs, Staff Sgt. through Chief Master Sgt., need to spend more time
with their Airmen to coach, lead and mentor them and actually maybe
teach leadership traits that will help them through their Air Force
Career and then maybe get out of their way. They're the future of the
He also discussed how to break through the barriers regarding forums and
how to start open discussions in order to build stronger bonds in the
"We say we want an open forum, but do we really want an open forum? Or
do we want open dialogue when a forum is open? I'm not going to laugh at
your questions. They may be silly but I'm not going to laugh at them.
If you want to talk we'll talk," he said.
Finally, Hornback articulated his goals for the Airmen of Global Strike,
highlighting the importance of both military and off-duty education.
He said he wishes to develop the Airmen throughout the command by
emphasizing the superior education and training of AFGSC personnel, and
the resources and equipment that make the mission work. He wants Airmen
to be excited about their jobs, but also to understand the importance of
their roles and responsibilities in the nuclear enterprise.
Finally, Hornback stressed the necessity of remaining positive when stationed at a Global Strike base.
"There are worse places to be," he said, "but every place you go, there
you are. So what are you going to do to make it better? You control your
motivation, your morale, your discipline and yourself."