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CSAF celebrates Whiteman Total Force Excellence

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh stressed the importance of executing the Global Strike mission and expressed his gratitude to the Total Force Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh stressed the importance of executing the Global Strike mission and expressed his gratitude to the Total Force Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Espinosa, a medical logistics flight chief from the 509th Medical Operations Squadron, shares a laugh with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III at Whiteman Air Force, Mo., Feb. 16, 2016. Welsh met with Airmen and civic leaders during a base tour and held an all call where he expressed his gratitude to the Total Force Airmen and their support of the unique B-2 mission at Whiteman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Espinosa, a medical logistics flight chief from the 509th Medical Operations Squadron, shares a laugh with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III at Whiteman Air Force, Mo., Feb. 16, 2016. Welsh met with Airmen and civic leaders during a base tour and held an all call where he expressed his gratitude to the Total Force Airmen and their support of the unique B-2 mission at Whiteman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, left center, speaks to Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, right center, during a visit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh met with Danner and base leadership to speak about the evolution of Total Force Integration and modernizing for the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, left center, speaks to Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, right center, during a visit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh met with Danner and base leadership to speak about the evolution of Total Force Integration and modernizing for the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III shares a conversation with Whiteman B-2 Spirit pilots during a roundtable at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.  Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh stressed the importance of the strategic deterrence mission and expressed his gratitude to the pilots for their support of Whiteman’s unique B-2 mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III shares a conversation with Whiteman B-2 Spirit pilots during a roundtable at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh stressed the importance of the strategic deterrence mission and expressed his gratitude to the pilots for their support of Whiteman’s unique B-2 mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, center, Senior Airman Joel Pfiester, a 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, left, and Senior Airman Emili Koonce, a 509th BW Public Affairs broadcast journalist, stand for a photo at the 509th BW headquarters building at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh had the opportunity to meet with Airmen from various units on base and held an all call where he discussed Air Force issues and showed his support for the unique Total Force Integration mission at Whiteman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, center, Senior Airman Joel Pfiester, a 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, left, and Senior Airman Emili Koonce, a 509th BW Public Affairs broadcast journalist, stand for a photo at the 509th BW headquarters building at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016. Welsh had the opportunity to meet with Airmen from various units on base and held an all call where he discussed Air Force issues and showed his support for the unique Total Force Integration mission at Whiteman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Leadership from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., salutes during the arrival of the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Feb. 16, 2016. Welsh met with Airmen leadership from the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings as well as the 442d Fighter Wing to discuss the importance of Total Force Integration (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Leadership from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., salutes during the arrival of the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Feb. 16, 2016. Welsh met with Airmen leadership from the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings as well as the 442d Fighter Wing to discuss the importance of Total Force Integration (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited here Feb. 16 - 18, to engage with civic leaders and meet the Airmen of the world's only B-2 stealth bomber base.

While at Whiteman, Welsh met with leadership from the 509th Bomb Wing, the 131st Bomb Wing, the 442d Fighter Wing and other tenant units to discuss the evolution of Total Force Integration (TFI) and to see firsthand the TFI model Whiteman has established.

Welsh communicated his support of the TFI mission with Total Force leaders during roundtable meetings and spoke about the modernization of TFI and B-2 bomber missions.

During his visit, Welsh held an all call and stressed his three C's--common sense, communication and caring--to Airmen from the three Total Force wings at Whiteman and expressed how they can integrate these concepts into their unique missions.

"Apply common sense to all we do. If it doesn't seem right, make the change and use the chain," said Welsh. "We have four generations in the Air Force; we must use accountable communication to work as a professional organization. And lastly, know your Airmen better. Every Airman has a story. Care enough to know it."

Welsh also expressed his gratitude and support to the Total Force Airmen in attendance and reminded them that the Air Force is rich in pride.

"Never forget how critically important you are to what we are doing," Welsh added. "We have great people with great training and education and pride--we, the Air Force, are built on pride, and it shows in your performance. That's where we come from."

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, thanked Welsh for the visit and his leadership and echoed his sentiments.

"Our Wing's heritage inspires us to take pride in the work we accomplish," said Tibbets. "We have a legacy of excellence. Through your efforts, we will continue that tradition for many years to come.  Our pride will help us remain focused and allow us to face resource-constrained environments and ever-evolving adversaries as we continue our strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support mission."

Welsh wrapped up the all call with a question and answer session and reminded the Airmen why he loves the Air Force and why he's served for so long.

"I will die for you," said Welsh. "We have only met for about an hour, and I'd die for you.  I believe you'd do the same for me.  That is what's so special about the Air Force."