by 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/27/2015 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The
8th Fighter Wing commander and 8th FW command chief held all calls here
May 22 to introduce themselves and their vision to the Wolf Pack.
"I've been waiting over 20 years to be a part of the Wolf Pack, and I'm
so excited to be your new Wolf," said Col. Jeremy "Wolf" Sloane, 8th FW
commander. "This base has a long, rich history in defending the
peninsula, and we will continue serving that mission here together with
our ROK allies."
During the all calls, Wolf emphasized how Wolf Pack Airmen need to work together to be ready to fight at a moment's notice.
"You're all part of a team--whether it's at the unit level or the Wolf
Pack team itself," he said. "Being part of a successful team means
knowing what you bring to the fight and capitalizing on those strengths.
It also means knowing the strengths of your fellow Airmen and looking
out for each other. Teamwork makes a sharp, combat-ready unit."
Chief Master Sgt. Daniel "Wolf Chief" Simpson, 8th FW command chief,
echoed Wolf's sentiments, stressing how combat readiness depends on
accountability, ultimate respect for one another and strengthening
"Take care of yourselves and each other," said Wolf Chief. "This could be the team you go to war with someday."
In addition to maintaining constant mission readiness, Wolf expressed
how important it is for Airmen to stay connected with their families
"I married my high school sweetheart 21 years ago," he said. "Since
then, we've been blessed with twin boys, and I miss them all very much.
This is a demanding assignment, and I'm going to stay connected with my
family. Make sure you are staying connected to your loved ones."
Kunsan's specific mission of defending the peninsula requires each Airman to be a leader.
Wolf challenged each person to focus on instilling core values and
continuing an enduring culture of dignity and respect within the Wolf
"Leadership occurs at all levels," he said. "We need to empower those
under us, lead at our peer level and expect those above us to lead as
well. Be that example to follow--not just to build Airmen today, but
leaders 20 years down the road."
Wolf Chief added that practicing good leadership starts with taking
ownership of one's sphere of influence, both on and off duty.
"Set standards in your own duty areas and enforce them," he said. "Keep
yourself physically and technically fit. Finally, take care of this base
like you own it."
Wolf reminded Airmen that all of their efforts make the 8th FW ready to
ensure peace and stability on the peninsula as one sharp, lethal Pack.
"Our mission is to make sure all the lights in Seoul and to the south
stay lit," said Wolf. "And one day, we hope the lights in the north will
turn on too."