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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

3rd AF vice, chief visit Incirlik for immersion tour

by Senior Airman Michael Battles
39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

5/4/2015 - INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey  -- The 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force vice commander and command chief visited Airmen of the 39th Air Base Wing April 28 - 29, here.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Bence, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force vice commander and Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright, 3rd AF and 17th EAF command chief, met with base officials as well as various Airmen and civilians to answer questions, received a mission brief on current operations and toured key base facilities.

Bence and Wright also held two separate all-calls, which focused on the needs of Incirlik's company grade officers and the enlisted force. Bence focused on answering questions regarding deployments, promotions and partnership, while Wright's all-call was tailored toward topics such as the new enlisted performance report, mentorship and his personal keys to success.

During his all-call, Bence stressed the importance of the partnership of the 39th Air Base Wing and its Turkish counterparts.

"Incirlik Air Base is at the crossroads of Southwest Asia, North Africa, the European continent and Russia," Bence said. "It is a vexing challenge, but what you all can do is continue to be the great partners and guests of this beautiful country called Turkey and interacting with our Turkish hosts."

Bence also answered a question regarding the future of force shaping of the Air Force.

"First off let me say that we are no longer force shaping," said Bence. "We are done at least in the short term with [force shaping]. Last year, due to the Budget Control Act, [we had to make] very hard choices to get to a right-sized active duty force to support our mission so that we did not suffer readiness. [It] was a very hard decision our leadership had to make."

One topic that Wright emphasized to Incirlik's Airmen was his expectations regarding mentorship.

"I'd like to see more hands on in your face - leadership, guidance, mentorship," Wright said. "I want to change the level of mentorship and guidance [we are giving our] young supervisors, specifically from technical sergeants through chiefs."

During their visit, both Bence and Wright thanked the men and women of the 39th Air Base Wing for the hard work, dedication and contributions to the mission of Incirlik Air Base.

"I'm really impressed with this wing," Wright said. "I wasn't sure about the details of the mission of this wing, but now I know. Thank you for taking care of the mission, thank you for taking care of business and for being as professional as you are."

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