Team Travis welcomed Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass during a base visit here March 24-26, 2021.
While here, Chief Bass had the opportunity to meet with Airmen from multiple units across the base learning first-hand how Travis Air Force Base accelerates change and demonstrates a culture of trust.
Chief Bass met the Airmen who deployed last month to transport humanitarian goods in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency relief efforts in Texas as well as Airmen in the 921st Contingency Response Squadron who showed her combat equipment and suited her up in body armor.
“We never know when we are going to be called upon to protect, defend or support our amazing country,” Chief Bass said. “I know by having conversations with the Airmen from Travis that we are ready for any phone call that will require us to respond.”
Included in those “calls” mentioned by Chief Bass is how Travis AFB is operating and responding in the current environment. During her time meeting with 60th Medical Group, Airmen explained how their roles have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the many other things Team Travis showed Chief Bass during her visit was the modernization of operations in the 60th Maintenance Group and the 60th Security Forces Squadron.
Airmen from the 60th Maintenance Group spoke to her about the modernization of processes in the 60th Aerial Port Squadron. The unit is working towards implementing wi-fi on the flight line and a virtual reality troubleshooting course to enhance mission effectiveness in real-time.
While visiting with the 60th Security Forces Squadron, Bass learned about the mission defense team, acquisition process simplification and small unmanned aerial system.
“Dedication to accelerate change in modernizing our Air Force to what it needs to be in 10, 15, 20 years is important,” Chief Bass said. “This is what I see happening at Travis.”
At the conclusion of her visit, Chief Bass shared that she felt inspired by the Airmen at Travis AFB.
“There’s a special feeling that’s hard to describe when talking to Travis Airmen,” Chief Bass said. “I know I can trust each and every one of you to see the mission through. You all have shown me what it means to ‘Trust Travis,’ and trust is the foundation of leadership in our Air Force. Thank you for what you do day in and day out.”