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CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets Airmen on the flightline at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. Goldfein met with Airmen throughout the day to discuss the nuclear mission and the role they perform to execute it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, right, and Col. Ty Neuman, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, greet Airmen during the general's visit to Barksdale Air Force Base, Oct. 17, 2017. This is the first time Goldfein has visited Barksdale since becoming Chief of Staff of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein signs the Barksdale Weapons flag at the Weapons Load Training Hangar on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. Goldfein met with Airmen throughout the day to discuss the nuclear mission and the role they perform to execute it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein signs the Barksdale Weapons flag at the Weapons Load Training Hangar on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. Goldfein met with Airmen throughout the day to discuss the nuclear mission and the role they perform to execute it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stuart Bright)

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein pose for a group photo with Barksdale Airmen at the Weapons Load Training Hangar on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. During his visit, Goldfein discussed the important role Barksdale Airmen perform to execute the nuclear mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Stuart Bright)

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets squadron leadership at the Barksdale Club during his visit to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. Goldfein met with Airmen throughout the day to discuss the nuclear mission and the role they perform to execute it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets squadron leadership at the Barksdale Club during his visit to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. Goldfein met with Airmen throughout the day to discuss the nuclear mission and the role they perform to execute it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

CSAF highlights Airmen's role in nuclear mission

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein talks with squadron leadership at the Barksdale Club during his visit to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. Goldfein met with Airmen throughout the day to discuss the nuclear mission and the role they perform to execute it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein discussed the important role Barksdale Airmen perform in executing the nuclear deterrence and assurance mission during an all-call at the Weapons Load Training Hangar, Oct. 17, 2017.

 

"If I had one message for you today, it would be that you underwrite every military operation on the globe," Goldfein said. "So in the pressure campaign we continue to enable Secretary Tillerson to apply pressure against North Korea, you need to know that what you do here every single day is a significant and central part of that pressure campaign."

 

The general explained that to understand and prepare for the future and the continuing evolution of warfare, Airmen must think globally across six domains.

 

We've got to think about future conflict as multi-domain, and that's not necessarily one domain supporting another - that's all domains operating simultaneously. Think about how we sense the globe. I offer that we sense the globe in six domains - air, land, sea, space, cyber, and undersea," he said. "Multi-domain operations is about how you sense the globe, create the common operational picture, achieve decisions and create effects from those same domains at a pace that the adversary can never match. What I just described may very well equal deterrence in the 21st century." Answering a question from an audience member, Goldfein explained how Airmen can successfully lead the Air Force into the future.

 

"To a young NCO, Airman, or officer, I would tell you that the foundation of successful leadership is character. Character is about what we do every day, decisions we make, the core of who we are, and what we do when no one else is watching. Reputation is about what people think of us after they've watched us for some period of time." Goldfein said. "We should never get those confused because if you actually focus on the first, which is character, the second will take care of itself - reputation."

 

During his visit, Goldfein met with the Airmen responsible for weapons and munitions as well as the B-52 aircrews who help keep the bomber fully operational and deployable 24/7.

 

The 2nd Bomb Wing, under command of 8th Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command, all located at Barksdale, provides support for one leg of the nuclear triad by maintaining the B-52 Stratofortress, a long-range bomber capable of delivering nuclear and conventional ordnance worldwide.