by Airman 1st Class Magen M. Reeves
341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
9/30/2015 - MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- The
commander of Air Force Global Strike Command Gen. Robin Rand visited
Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, Sept. 24-26, to meet with Airmen and
see how they execute the mission.
The visit to the 341st Missile Wing was the general's first since taking
command and afforded him the opportunity to engage with the Airmen who
perform the strategic deterrence mission every day.
"This wing is doing great work," Rand told the Airmen. "We are the
greatest Air Force in the world, and I don't say that boastfully. That's
a fact. But to stay great, you have to work at being great. You've got
to continually be willing to be innovative, adapt, adjust and stay
relevant -- it takes constant work."
Rand met with junior enlisted Airmen and base leaders to answer
questions and discuss current Air Force issues, participated in command
meetings and toured several base facilities while accompanied by his
wife Kim, and Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, the incoming AFGSC
One of Rand's key points of emphasis during the visit was the importance team Malmstrom plays in the nuclear mission.
"As long as there are nuclear weapons in this world, we need to maintain
them," Rand said. "And as long as we are maintaining them, we
absolutely need to have a nuclear triad because a triad gives us the
survivability, the protection and the capability to do exactly what we
are doing and that is to ensure that no one else will use them against
During a base-wide all call, Rand stressed the importance of AFGSC and
how the missileers are key to ensuring the safety of our nation.
"Global Strike Command is the most unique [major command] in the United
States Air Force and we are the only command that does what we do
globally," Rand said. "You're the ones who make sure the enemies of this
country sleep with one eye open. You are our nation's silent warriors.
You fight in-place every day, 24/7."
Rand also spoke with the Airmen about both a personal and professional
reverence he maintains for the Airmen and their families. "I have a lot
of admiration and respect for Airmen who have families and the
challenges they face," he said.
The general honed in on the importance of maintaining the Air Force core
values and how Airmen who live by those values will succeed both at
work and outside of their job.
"Our foundation in the United States Air Force is our core values," Rand
said. "That's who we are, that's what we're going to build on. It's
about the profession of arms. It's about being a warrior. It's about
character. It's about treating Airmen with dignity and respect."
The general closed his comments at the all call by offering a personal
note to the Airmen and challenging them to keep the mission at Malmstrom
"I love the Air Force and our mission, but most importantly, I really
consider it an honor to serve with you and be one of your wingmen," Rand
said. "I want you to know that I'm focused on you, your mission and
your family, and I'm going to work hard to help you. The mission is the
mission, but it's Airmen who do that mission."