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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (right) coins Senior Airman Isaac Buck, 512th Rescue Squadron HH-60 small unit training monitor, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 27, 2019. Wright recognized Airmen belonging to Team Kirtland that performed above and beyond their own call of duty with his challenge coin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (right) coins Senior Airman Isaac Buck, 512th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 27, 2019. Wright recognized Airmen belonging to Team Kirtland that performed above and beyond their own call of duty with his challenge coin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright plays cornhole with Airmen belonging to the 58th Special Operations wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 27, 2019. Wright toured Kirtland and spent time with Airmen from the 58th Special Operations Wing, the 150th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland’s Airmen Leadership School and the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright plays cornhole with Airmen belonging to the 58th Special Operations wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 27, 2019. Wright toured Kirtland and spent time with Airmen from the 58th Special Operations Wing, the 150th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland’s Airmen Leadership School and the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with Staff Sgt. Blake McCarn, 377th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler and Garbo, 377th SFS MWD at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Wright spent two days at Kirtland visiting with Airmen, learning their stories and how they contribute to the many missions carried out at Kirtland. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with Staff Sgt. Blake McCarn, 377th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler and Garbo, 377th SFS MWD at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Wright spent two days at Kirtland visiting with Airmen, learning their stories and how they contribute to the many missions carried out at Kirtland. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with the founding members of ‘Airman 4 Airman’ at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. ‘Airman 4 Airman’ is a group dedicated to increasing morale and speaking up for Airmen of all tiers around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with the founding members of ‘Airman 4 Airman’ at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. ‘Airman 4 Airman’ is a group dedicated to increasing morale and speaking up for Airmen of all tiers around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to the founding members of ‘Airman 4 Airman’ speak about the purpose of their group at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Airman 4 Airman is a group dedicated to increasing morale and speaking up for Airmen of all tiers around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to the founding members of ‘Airman 4 Airman’ speak about the purpose of their group at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Airman 4 Airman is a group dedicated to increasing morale and speaking up for Airmen of all tiers around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to Defenders with the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron on how important they are to the Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. During the tour of Kirtland AFB, Wright encouraged Airmen to know their ‘why’ and asked that they make at least two connections with fellow Airmen after he left. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to Defenders with the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron on how important they are to the Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. During the tour of Kirtland AFB, Wright encouraged Airmen to know their ‘why’ and asked that they make at least two connections with fellow Airmen after he left. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with Defenders with the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. During the tour of Kirtland AFB, Wright encouraged Airmen to know their ‘why’ and asked that they make at least two connections with fellow Airmen after he left. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with Defenders with the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. During the tour of Kirtland AFB, Wright encouraged Airmen to know their ‘why’ and asked that they make at least two connections with fellow Airmen after he left. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with members of the 377th Medical Group in front of the Mobile Expeditionary Readiness Clinic at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. The MERC allows Airmen to get basic medical care and tasks accomplished right at their units instead of having to leave their work centers to travel to the off-base medical group center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses for a photo with members of the 377th Medical Group in front of the Mobile Expeditionary Readiness Clinic at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. The MERC allows Airmen to get basic medical care and tasks accomplished right at their units instead of having to leave their work centers to travel to the off-base medical group center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright talks about leadership with Airmen at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Exceptional Airmen from various units at Kirtland were chosen to have breakfast with Wright, ask questions, and learn from the experiences that the chief has had in his Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright talks about leadership with Airmen at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Exceptional Airmen from various units at Kirtland were chosen to have breakfast with Wright, ask questions, and learn from the experiences that the chief has had in his Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to students of Kirtland’s Airmen Leadership School at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 27, 2019. During his visit, Wright emphasized that each Airmen are a “national treasure” and that Airmen should treat each other as such. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to students of Kirtland’s Airmen Leadership School at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 27, 2019. During his visit, Wright emphasized that each Airmen are a “national treasure” and that Airmen should treat each other as such. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (middle), poses for a photo with members of his staff and Chiefs belonging to Team Kirtland at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Wright toured Kirtland and spent time with Airmen from the 58th Special Operations Wing, the 150th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland’s Airmen Leadership School and the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (middle), poses for a photo with members of his staff and Chiefs belonging to Team Kirtland at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 28, 2019. Wright toured Kirtland and spent time with Airmen from the 58th Special Operations Wing, the 150th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland’s Airmen Leadership School and the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Kirtland Air Force Base Sept. 27-28, 2019, to spend time with Airmen, learn their stories and how they contribute to the many missions carried out here.

“[During my first stop] I had an opportunity to meet some of the outstanding performers from the 58th Special Operations Wing,” said Wright. “I know as I go throughout the rest of this tour, I’ll get to meet even more phenomenal Airmen that are just killing it in whichever mission set they belong to here at Kirtland.”

During his visit, Chief Wright reinforced the message that Air Force leadership continues to encourage innovation and they will continue to support Airmen. 

“We are proud of you,” said Chief Wright. “We want you to ‘go long.’ We want you to be bold and [know] we have your back. I hope that Kirtland, like all the other installations, are taking advantage of the money and the authority and the opportunity to innovate, to come up with new and better ways of doing things.”

Wright saw many of the missions that happen here at Kirtland, including visiting with Airmen from the 58th SOW, the 150th SOW, Kirtland’s Airmen Leadership School and the 377th Air Base Wing.

“One of the gentlemen I was talking to earlier talked about how this is a complex installation,” said Wright. “There are a lot of mission partners and a lot of great things happening on this base.”

He also said that the biggest message from the Air Staff and the leaders at the Pentagon is, ‘We appreciate what you do.’ As a way of showing that appreciation, Air Force leaders asked for a way to help.

Air Force leadership recently received feedback from Airmen across the Air Force on the resilience tactical pause day as ordered by Gen. David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

“We have received some good feedback,” said Wright. “Lots of Airmen have talked about [how] it was a great day, they had lots of good discussions and they were able to connect with their leadership.”

Wright explained that not all feedback was positive. He described some of the challenges that Airmen are facing.

“We’ve also received a lot of feedback that says, ‘Hey our leadership is not connected,’ that ‘Leadership doesn’t care,’ and that there is still a stigma associated with asking for help,” Wright added.

Chief Wright believes that a possible solution to bridge the gap between Airmen and their leaders is to continue the conversations that occurred during the resilience tactical pause day.

“What I would really like to see is commanders and command teams at all levels to take the opportunity to continue these discussions,” said Wright. “Continue this dialogue and figure out the right ways to engage, the right ways to assist, the right ways to motivate, encourage and inspire our Airmen at all levels.”

With the information gained through this feedback process, Wright’s expectations of Airmen across the Air Force is to lend an ear to their wingmen.

“What I would expect the Air Force to do next is listen,” said Wright. “Listen and engage where appropriate to help our Airmen get through some of the challenging times that we all have in life.”