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Monday, September 14, 2015

Third Air Force leadership visits Team Mildenhall

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 personnel.

"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 accomplishments.

"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."

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