by Senior Airman Kia Atkins
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
12/2/2014 - AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- Wingmanship,
budget concerns, and force management were a few of the topics Gen.
Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, discussed with Airmen
during his visit here, Nov. 25.
"I know force management caused a lot of turbulence for folks, and for
that, I sincerely and truly apologize," Carlisle said. "The good news is
that most of the force shaping is done and we expect little in the
future. It will still happen inside the margins, but it will be handled
mostly through normal attrition and voluntary programs."
Carlisle also offered his perspective on another important issue impacting the force, namely the budget.
"The budget will continue to go down," he said. "All of us,
collectively, and certainly the leadership of the Air Force, have to
make sure that whatever our budget is, we owe it to the American people
to give them the best Air Force we can with the amount of money and
resources we have. Today, we have more mission requirements than we do
money, manpower, or time; which means, we are going to have to
Carlisle briefly spoke about the changes affecting enlisted and officer
professional development as well as more difficult subjects such as
safety, suicide, and sexual assault.
"We need to have this conversation even though it's difficult," he said.
"The fix, the answer to our challenges, are all of us. When you see
someone having a problem, you need to reach out to them."
Carlisle wrapped up his all call by thanking Grand Slam Airmen.
"Thank you for the incredible work you do and thank you for stepping up
and doing every single thing the Air Force asks you to do and doing it
better than anyone else in the world. Take care of yourselves, take care
of each other, and we will continue to be the best Air Force in the
It was a message he and Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, ACC command
chief, also brought to individual Airmen as they visited facilities and
met with Airmen.
The general and ACC command chief also each attended luncheons for
enlisted personnel and officers where they answered questions ranging
from the changing culture of the Air Force and its strategic focus, to
During the visit Carlisle and McDonald also recognized 379th Air
Expeditionary Wing's outstanding performers, including Master Sgt. Daryl
Bagley, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, Staff Sgt.
Lakeva Parrott, 379th AEW, Tech. Sgt. Thomas Fitzpatrick, 379th
Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Otteman, 763rd
Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron and Capt. Sean Finney, 379th
Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron.
"Thank you all for what you do," Carlisle said. "Thank you for being great Airmen and for stepping up and making things happen."