by Staff Sgt. Patrick Harrower
60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
7/18/2014 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief
Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody visited Travis to meet
Airmen and thank them for their service, July 9 through 11.
During the visit, Cody toured the base and hosted an Airmen's Call at
the theater where he discussed the future of the Air Force and force
"We have to make some tough decisions and we are going to get smaller,"
Cody said. "The Air Force is going to look and operate differently in
While the decisions may be tough, they are necessary to ensure we are
the most agile, credible and affordable total force team capable of
meeting future challenges, he said.
"Every generation goes through struggles and challenges," Cody said.
"The Air Force looks dramatically different from how it did 30 years ago
and will look different years from now. But we will make those
decisions and step right back up to being the world's greatest Airmen."
The Air Force is currently more globally engaged than ever before in its
history and is currently involved in its longest sustained combat
operations. Travis has specific lift and refueling capabilities that
have provided global reach through all of this, he said.
"You should be proud of that," Cody said. "It is amazing that through
all these distractions with sequestration, retention boards and
furloughs you can still execute the mission. That should motivate and
inspire all of you."
The 60th Air Mobility Wing is the largest of its kind in the Air Force
and not only operates extensively in the Pacific region, but the entire
world, he said.
"The base has evolved and continues to improve," he said. "It's great to
see how things like the privatized housing, the Fisher House and the
Food Transformation Initiative have improved Travis. They really show
the Air Force's commitment to take care Airmen and their families."
"Travis is a jewel in our Air Force," Cody said. "I can see it in your
performance. You're proud of what you do and your capabilities. The
people out there know you are protecting them and you give them hope."