AETC commander visits 173rd Fighter Wing

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  • By Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy
  • 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
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!"