by Senior Airman Charles Rivezzo
60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
1/12/2016 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Secretary
of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited here Jan. 8 to meet with
Airmen, discuss her priorities and see first-hand Travis Air Force
Base's mission and capabilities as the western seaboard's mobility air
To begin her visit, James received a detailed mission brief from senior
base leaders to discuss cornerstone functions of the installation such
as the seamless Total Force integration of three separate wings, the
employment of three major mobility weapons systems and Travis' strategic
location serving as the lifeline to the Pacific theater.
Throughout her day-long visit, James ate lunch with Airmen, toured a
number of facilities to include Air Mobility Command's largest aerial
port and held an all call to speak to the greater base populous.
During her all call, she discussed her three main priorities - taking
care of people, balancing today's readiness with the modernization needs
of tomorrow and making every dollar count - as well as the challenges
faced by today's Air Force operating within the parameters of a fiscally
"Today's Air Force is the smallest it has ever been, with the smallest
number of people," she said. "And at the same time, the number of
missions we fly around the world has skyrocketed ... we have got to do
James also spoke on the importance of mobility airpower, more
specifically Travis' role to the mission of Global Reach, and the
capabilities the men and women here present to the strategic Air Force
"You all are playing a crucial role in our Air Force and national
defense because nothing happens without rapid global mobility and that's
what Travis is all about," she said. "What's going on here is extremely
impressive. Travis features a highly integrated Total Force, three
major mobility weapons systems and one of the largest aerial ports and
hospitals. Then you add on the mission-set of the Contingency Response
Wing. It's a very unique blend."
James reemphasized her capstone message, "Nothing happens without rapid global mobility."
To conclude her visit, her message to the audience of service members
and their civilian counterparts was simple - "Thank you for what you
"Thank you again for the long days, the long deployments and time spent
away from home," she said. "I know this takes its toll. I hope that in
the next year or two we will have changes that will ease this somewhat.
But truth in advertising, I think we are going to remain a very busy Air
Force. So I thank you very much."