by 2nd Lt. Christen Ornella
90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
12/6/2013 - F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Admiral
Cecil D. Haney, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, and a career Navy
submariner, visited F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. following his trip to Minot
Air Force Base, N.D., to see the deterrence mission close up, and share
his thoughts and insight with base personnel at a commander's call, Dec.
3, at the base theater.
Haney began by thanking the Airmen who carry out the strategic deterrence mission every day.
"Being able to get some dose of the reality of the hard work that goes
on here was validated today by my opportunity to see these stellar,
stellar folks," Haney said, applauding the wing for what he witnessed
during his visit. "It is good to see in the audience today civilian as
well as uniformed members, because we are one in the same -- one sport
-- that allows us to have such a significant and respected strategic
Haney reminded Airmen to be proud of being a part of the nuclear
deterrent business and commended them for their professionalism.
"I'm here to tell you that your work, at all levels, is very well-appreciated and admired," Haney said.
Haney told the gathered crowd that he had been impressed by all he had
seen during his visits with the missile wing personnel and units.
"Whether it is getting to see some of the maintenance facilities, some
training facilities, or our security forces, it is all good."
Haney thanked the Airmen for sharing their facilities and knowledge with him.
"From all of the scorecards I've looked at very recently, you all are doing a fantastic job," Haney said.
During a recent conversation between Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton
Carter and Haney, Carter, who frequently discusses and has a lot of
respect for the nuclear enterprise, asked Haney to pass along a message
to the wing:
"[Carter] said, 'Make sure you tell them not to get mesmerized about
what's in the news, stay focused on the job, and know that they've done a
job we can all be proud of.'"
Haney then described how much our mission means to the American people.
"You should want to be -- expect to be -- held to a higher standard,"
Haney explained. "[The nuclear enterprise is] an essential piece about
what America is about."
Haney asked the audience to remember why they do what they do every day.
"If you start thinking it is going to be a mundane kind of day, pinch
yourself, and understand just how important what your part is and just
how important it is to our nation," Haney said. "Value the mission you
The deterrence mission is a high priority, and Haney plans to return here for future visits.
He concluded with some career advice for the audience.
"Don't take it for granted. Continue to learn and grow in your technical
area and improve your educational dimension and stature," Haney said,
"and don't let anything sacrifice your integrity."
Haney left F.E. Warren Airmen with a charge to take care of themselves
and each other, and as leaders, to be hopeful, creative and innovative.