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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass visited the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Jan. 7, to get an up-close look at the wing’s mission, have lunch with outstanding performers and conduct an all call.

Forging through winter weather, Bass arrived to meet with wing leadership, Col. Ron Sloma, 419th FW commander, and Col. Bradley Klemesrud, 419th FW vice commander, prior to a luncheon with the wing’s outstanding performers at the Hillcrest Dining Facility.

This was followed by a mission brief on the wing’s vital role in supporting Air Force strategy, meets operational requirements and develops training for future operations.

Bass concluded her visit with a wing all call for approximately 1,200 Airmen, who listened and engaged directly with her about various important topics from restructuring the Air Force to recruitment and retention of the right people to face the challenges of the future and utilization of social media.

Bass’ frank and open discussion with the wing brought to the forefront the importance of the role each member plays in the strength of the force.

“Never forget where you came from, and why you do what you do,” Bass said.

By engaging in casual conversation with Airmen, she gains valuable insights and understanding enabling her to provide feedback to the Air Force’s most senior leaders. Her commitment to fostering a positive work culture and recognizing the selfless service and dedication of Airmen is demonstrated through these visits.

Bass was joined by Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, U.S. Air Force first sergeant special duty manager.

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