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CMSAF Kaleth Wright Visits 188th Wing

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with 188th Wing firefighters at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. Wright spoke with the Airmen about issues they face in their career fields, and possible solutions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with 188th Wing firefighters at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. Wright spoke with the Airmen about issues they face in their career fields, and possible solutions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with members of the 188th Wing during an all-call at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 6, 2019. Wright talked about important issues he would like to address during his last year and fielded questions by members of the wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with members of the 188th Wing during an all-call at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 6, 2019. Wright talked about important issues he would like to address during his last year and fielded questions by members of the wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

U.S. Sen John Boozman, Ark., and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meet with members of the 188th Communications Squadron at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. Boozman and Wright talk about the future of the Arkansas Air National Guard and answered questions from wing members. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

U.S. Sen John Boozman, Ark., and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meet with members of the 188th Communications Squadron at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. Boozman and Wright talk about the future of the Arkansas Air National Guard and answered questions from wing members. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

U.S. Sen John Boozman, Ark., and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright  meet with members of the 188th Security Forces Squadron at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. Boozman and Wright talk about the future of the Arkansas Air National Guard and answered questions from wing members. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

U.S. Sen John Boozman, Ark., and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meet with members of the 188th Security Forces Squadron at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. Boozman and Wright talk about the future of the Arkansas Air National Guard and answered questions from wing members. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets 188th Wing recruiters at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. During the visit Wright discussed his vision for Air Force recruitment and some ideas on how to better identify the Air Force and recruiter needs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets 188th Wing recruiters at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. During the visit Wright discussed his vision for Air Force recruitment and some ideas on how to better identify the Air Force and recruiter needs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with the Chiefs of the 188th Wing at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. During the briefing each chief discussed their organization's capabilities and highlighted their Airmen's accomplishments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets with the Chiefs of the 188th Wing at Fort Smith, Ark., Oct. 5, 2019. During the briefing each chief discussed their organization's capabilities and highlighted their Airmen's accomplishments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel J. Condit)

EBBING AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ark. --

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright met with Airmen and hosted an all call during a visit Oct. 6, 2019, at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Ark.

While at Ebbing ANGB, Wright learned how the Airmen of the 188th Wing effectively and efficiently accomplish their mission.

“Thank you for being the extreme warriors, and professionals, that you are,” said Wright. “It means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to the team.”

Wright started his visit by sitting down with squadron chiefs and superintendents for a mission capabilities briefing and to highlight the wing's accomplishments.

Continuing his visit, Wright met with multiple units across the installation including the 188th Medical Group, 188th Security Forces Squadron, and 188th Operations Group where he saw their intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities firsthand.

“I had no idea of the great work you were doing all over the world, Wright said. "It was a pleasant surprise. When I get back to the Pentagon, I’m going to sit down with my superiors and spread the word about the work you all are doing here.”

To round out his visit, Wright hosted an all-call for the enlisted members where he spoke about the future of the enlisted force, changes taking place, and his priorities for his last year as the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

During the all-call, Wright spoke passionately about suicide prevention and encouraged Airmen who were struggling to reach out and seek help. He challenged them to be the kind of Airman who embraces and elevates others to build a culture of support.

“I was asked recently what keeps me up at night," he said. "Without a doubt, it’s suicides and the level of grit and resilience our Airmen have. We can all be better human beings. We can all take time to connect.”

While many different topics were discussed, Wright continued to press the importance of overall wingmanship and treating each other as family.