by Senior Airman Erin O'Shea
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
8/7/2015 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Distinguished
guests visited units across RAF Lakenheath to discuss hot topic issues
and processes at units across the Liberty Wing. Select Airmen were also
recognized for their accomplishments within their respected career
Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
commander, and his wife, Sharon, along with Chief Master Sgt. James E.
Davis, USAFE-AFAFRICA command chief, were three of the distinguished
Some topics Gorenc discussed with Airmen were work processes, innovation factors and budget efficiency.
The 48th Component Maintenance Squadron egress section was one of the
first stops during the visit. This section is responsible for
maintaining egress equipment, with F-15 fighter aircraft ejection seats
being a main component.
Sharon later departed from the group to visit other parts of the wing,
such as the 48th Medical Group's labor and delivery section, followed
by the base's simulation center.
"I'm grateful for her to be here," Gorenc said. "And by every
indication, what she saw here at the Liberty Wing was simply fantastic."
According to Gorenc, her role while visiting the Liberty Wing was to
look at all the units that support the families and ensure the programs
are up to par.
At the end of the visit, Gorenc and Davis ended with a commander's call
where they discussed topics such as force management, budget constraints
and Air Force challenges. Finally, the floor was opened up for Airmen
to ask questions.
"This wing is hitting on all cylinders," Gorenc said. "I want you to
thank your families for sacrificing all of those things they sacrificed
to allow you to serve in our Air Force."
A loud "We are Liberty" filled the aircraft hangar as Gorenc prepared to depart.
"I came in for the airplanes, I stayed for the people... and I hope to
work with you as long as I can to make our Air Force better," Gorenc