by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony
100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
9/10/2015 - RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Lt.
Gen. Timothy Ray, Third Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force
commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright, Third Air Force and 17th
Expeditionary Air Force command chief, visited RAF Mildenhall, Sept. 9,
2015, to meet with leadership and Airmen to get an inside look at the
base's mission and discuss current issues in today's Air Force. This was
Ray's first official visit to the U.K.
The distinguished visitors started the day with an Airman's breakfast where Wright touched on the importance of innovation.
"Light, lean and lethal," stated Wright. "You and your Airmen have to
come up with innovative ways [to accomplish the mission]. Once you
figure out your core tasks, you have to improve them. Ask yourself what
are some better ways to get the job done and implement them."
Ray and Wright then attended a mission briefing where they were briefed
on the wing's heritage and top issues affecting the base.
During their visit, the Third Air Force leadership held an all-call to
address current issues to include budget constraints, manpower and
"It's not about doing more with less, it is about doing the best you can
with what you have," said Ray. "We have to be world champions and
[focus on] doing the very best we can every day by having the character
to step in and make a difference."
After the all-call the leaders spent the rest of the day visiting units
around base and recognizing Airmen for their outstanding
"You guys are doing amazing things and I wish I had an easier way of
telling the outside world about how hard the job is and how easy you
make it look," said Ray. "No one can do what you can do."