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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, tour the air traffic control tower at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 7, 2019. Barrett and Simpson toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, tour the air traffic control tower at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 7, 2019. Barrett and Simpson toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, center, along with U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, left, tour David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 7, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, center, along with U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, left, tour David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 7, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents a coin to star performer U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kristyn Fernando, 60th Maintenance Squadron fuel system apprentice, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents a coin to star performer U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kristyn Fernando, 60th Maintenance Squadron fuel system apprentice, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th AF commander, meet with members of Travis Air Force Base, California's fire emergency services at the Travis fire department March 6, 2019. Simpson and Barrett toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th AF commander, meet with members of Travis Air Force Base, California's fire emergency services at the Travis fire department March 6, 2019. Simpson and Barrett toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, greets dorm residents during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 6, 2019. Simpson, along with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett 18th AF commander, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, greets dorm residents during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 6, 2019. Simpson, along with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett 18th AF commander, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents star performer U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kalidon Bizimana, 60th Aerial Port Squadron Airman, with a coin at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 6, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents star performer U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kalidon Bizimana, 60th Aerial Port Squadron Airman, with a coin at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 6, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Simpson, along with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and his wife, Kelly, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Simpson, along with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and his wife, Kelly, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Derek Crowder, 60th Air Mobility Wing command chief, briefs U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Derek Crowder, 60th Air Mobility Wing command chief, briefs U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents a coin to star performer U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacqueline Watkins, 60th Communications Squadron client systems technician, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents a coin to star performer U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacqueline Watkins, 60th Communications Squadron client systems technician, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents a coin to star performer U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Delaina McLeran, 60th Force Support Squadron food service specialist, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 6, 2019, at the base's dining facility. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, presents a coin to star performer U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Delaina McLeran, 60th Force Support Squadron food service specialist, during a visit to Travis Air Force Base, California, March 6, 2019, at the base's dining facility. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, meets with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. Barrett, along with his wife, Kelly and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, toured the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, right, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th AF commander, center, and his wife, Kelly, left, meet with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. The trio joined Travis leadership in touring the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th Air Force command chief, right, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th AF commander, center, and his wife, Kelly, left, meet with leadership members of Travis Air Force Base, California, during a visit to the base March 5, 2019. The trio joined Travis leadership in touring the base March 4 to 8 as part of a scheduled visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Members of 18th Air Force toured Travis Air Force Base, California, March 4 to 8, sampling the airpower Team Travis brings to the fight around the world.

The five-day tour culminated in a base-wide all call during which Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett and Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 18th AF commander and command chief, addressed Travis Airmen directly and described the importance of each of their contributions to  the Mobility mission

 “Our Air Force is the greatest in the world because of the job each and every one of you do every day,” Barrett said during the all call. “If I’m going to hammer anything home today, it’s the idea that we don’t succeed alone—we succeed together.”

Simpson reiterated the importance of airmanship and family at the squadron level, not only as a means to motivate, but also as a means of building stronger Airmen.

“If you believe you’re part of a team that values you and has your back and you have theirs, and that what you’re doing is really important, there’s nothing more powerful than that,” said Simpson. “That’s how you build resilient Airmen. You take care of people and foster that sense of belonging.”

Resilience is just one part of the readiness equation, though, Simpson said.

In light of the Air Force’s recent uptick in innovation efforts, Travis has set itself apart from other bases in 18th AF as an enterprising heavyweight. As the base responsible for the Air Force-wide Spark initiative, Travis sits on the cusp of a new era of airpower.

“Your Spark Tank is something every Airman on this base should be proud of,” said Barrett. “The kind of projects and applicable technologies that come out of there is getting the attention of our adversaries and you know what? I’m glad. I want our adversaries to know 18th Air Force flies, fights and always wins.

Creating a culture of innovation and Airmen empowerment is one thing, though. What’s the next step, according to Barrett? Sustaining it.

“The thing about Spark, though, is that it’s exactly that: a spark,” he said. “Innovation isn’t something that has a start and finish line. It’s constant. It is up to every Airman to stoke the embers of innovation, to seek out new methods and improve our processes. Don’t look for other people to fix your problems. Be that person yourself. Go out of your way to change the Air Force for the better.”

In light of the recent emergence of near-peer adversaries on the world stage, the need for substantive innovation has never been greater, said Simpson

“When you think of the Air Force’s mission of flying, fighting and winning, the ‘winning’ part doesn’t mean squeaking out a three-point margin in the final seconds,” said Simpson. “It’s about walking away with a 51-0 shutout. When we talk about coming to work with passion, that’s what we’re referring to. You need to attack every day with intensity. That’s what 18th AF Airmen do.”

With a combined 62 years in the Air Force, Barrett and Simpson chose to part Team Travis with a final gesture of togetherness.

“I’ve spent my entire life in and around this wonderful Air Force,” said Barrett. “It is my family, which makes all of you my family.”

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