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AETC commander visits 173rd Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, and Col. Jeff Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, get ready to step for an F-15 Eagle flight at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 6, 2016.  Roberson visited Kingsley Field and had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, and Col. Jeff Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, get ready to step for an F-15 Eagle flight at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 6, 2016. Roberson visited Kingsley Field and had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, ready for take off in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 6, 2016. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, ready for take off in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 6, 2016. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John McCoy, vice commander of Air Education and Training Command, is greeted by Col. Donna Prigmore, 173rd Fighter Wing vice commander, during his arrival to Kingsley Field, Ore., July 6, 2016. McCoy had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John McCoy, vice commander of Air Education and Training Command, is greeted by Col. Donna Prigmore, 173rd Fighter Wing vice commander, during his arrival to Kingsley Field, Ore., July 6, 2016. McCoy had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, shakes hands with Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Aubut, 173rd Civil Engineer Squadron, as he tours the squadron at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 7, 2016. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, shakes hands with Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Aubut, 173rd Civil Engineer Squadron, as he tours the squadron at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 7, 2016. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, coins Staff Sgt. Jordan Chatman, 173rd electrical power production craftsman, July 7, 2016, in recognition of his superior performance at Kingsley Field, Ore. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. The 173rd FW is aligned under AETC. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, coins Staff Sgt. Jordan Chatman, 173rd electrical power production craftsman, July 7, 2016, in recognition of his superior performance at Kingsley Field, Ore. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. The 173rd FW is aligned under AETC. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, his wife, Cheryl Roberson, and Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Oregon assistant adjutant general, air, pose for a photo during the Robersons’ visit to Kingsley Field, Ore., July 7, 2016. Roberson visited the 173rd Fighter Wing to get a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, his wife, Cheryl Roberson, and Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Oregon assistant adjutant general, air, pose for a photo during the Robersons’ visit to Kingsley Field, Ore., July 7, 2016. Roberson visited the 173rd Fighter Wing to get a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, far right, visits with members of the 173rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 7, 2016. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which include training F-15C fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, far right, visits with members of the 173rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 7, 2016. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which include training F-15C fighter pilots. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, coins Staff Sgt. Christopher Robinson, 173rd Maintenance Group, July 7, 2016,in recognition of his superior performance at Kingsley Field, Ore. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. The 173rd FW is aligned under AETC. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, coins Staff Sgt. Christopher Robinson, 173rd Maintenance Group, July 7, 2016,in recognition of his superior performance at Kingsley Field, Ore. Roberson had a firsthand look at the unit's mission and capabilities, which includes training F-15C Eagle fighter pilots. The 173rd FW is aligned under AETC. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. -- -- Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, made his first visit to Kingsley Field, Oregon, July 6, 2016, to see the 173rd Fighter Wing's training mission in motion. 

The 173rd FW is solely responsible for training all Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C Eagle pilots.

Roberson emphasized the importance of leadership for all training oriented missions, like those at Kingsley Field.

The idea of tailoring leadership to each unique individual was a common theme during his all call with 173rd FW Airmen. Roberson emphasized that creating a professional connection to your Airmen allows you to become a better leader. He also explained his three Cs for great leadership: competence, care and character.

"If you want to be a good leader, you need to earn the trust of the people that follow you," said Roberson. "If you do, they'll follow you through fire."

Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, AETC command chief, expanded on Roberson's idea of investing in Airmen.

"The best thing a leader can do is make someone believe and understand their true value and what they are capable of," he said.

Before the all call, Roberson had the opportunity to see the mission up close by taking the back seat in an F-15 Eagle piloted by Col. Jeff Smith, 173rd FW commander. He also visited with Airmen from various sections on base and took time to recognize superior performers. Both Roberson and Staton thanked the members for their efforts and noted the wing's contributions towards the Air Force mission.

"You all contribute in your own way to make air power happen," said Roberson. "Airpower starts here!"