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AMC first sergeant visits Team Travis

Airmen pose for a group photo

U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a group photo at the Travis Heritage Center June 23, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kiera Daniels, Air Mobility Command first sergeant, met with Travis AFB’s First Sergeant’s Council June 23-26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

AMC fist sergeant talks at a luncheon

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kiera Daniels, Air Mobility Command first sergeant, speaks with 60th Medical Group first sergeants during a luncheon at David Grant USAF Medical Center June 23, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Daniels discussed challenges facing the group as well as mission highlights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Chief Master Sgt. Daniels speaks with first sergeants at a conference

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kiera Daniels, center, Air Mobility Command first sergeant, speaks during a group discussion with a portion of Travis Air Force Base’s First Sergeant’s Council at the 821st Contingency Response Squadron June 24, 2021, at Travis AFB, California. Daniels was briefed with a summary of the squadron’s unique mission capabilities, resiliency challenges and their recent wins and highlights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

An airman uses a virtual reality drone

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kiera Daniels, Air Mobility Command first sergeant, experiences a security forces drone virtual reality demonstration June 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th Security Forces Squadron utilizes drone VR as part of their training for their unmanned aerial systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

A picture of an Airmen's 1st sergeant and AMC patch

A photo of a first sergeant and Air Mobility Command patch is displayed on an Airman’s sleeve June 23, 2021 at Travis Air Force Base, California. U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kiera Daniels, Air Mobility Command first sergeant, visited Travis AFB June 23 – 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Chief Master Sgt. Daniels speaks to Airmen

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kiera Daniels, Air Mobility Command first sergeant, speaks to students at Airmen Leadership School June 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Daniels discussed the importance of the supervisory role to future sergeants in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airmen pose for photo

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kiera Daniels, center, Air Mobility Command first sergeant, poses for a photo with Airman Leadership School instructors June 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Daniels met with ALS instructors during her visit to get an update on the current class of incoming sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Chief Master Sgt. Kiera J. Daniels, command first sergeant of Air Mobility Command, visited Travis Air Force Base, California, June 23-26, to meet with the base’s First Sergeant’s Council and gain a better understanding of Travis AFB’s ability to develop the U.S. Air Force through its Airmen.

Daniels’ visit to the base came on the heels of its First Sergeant’s Council being named AMC’s First Sergeant’s Council of the year.

While here, Daniels had the opportunity to meet with approximately 35 first sergeants from multiple units across the base learning firsthand how Travis AFB accelerates change for rapid global mobility.

Welch elaborated on the importance of first sergeants and the role they play in helping Airmen accelerate change.

“Our number one responsibility is to take care of Airmen,” said Master Sgt. Welch, 60th Security Forces first sergeant. “A part of that responsibility is our duty to provide the commander with a mission-ready and adequately-trained force to execute the mission.”

It was in this way that Daniels’ visit, which doubled as a meeting of the minds among AMC first sergeants, helped to bolster their own capabilities.

“The main purpose of this visit is to help first sergeants develop,” Daniels said. “My job is to be our first sergeants’ first sergeant — this is the part of the job that I love.”

One part of the trip saw Daniels interacting with Airmen at the 60th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment shop, where Daniels felt at home.

“I was an AGE Airman here back in the day. I know how hard you all work,” Daniels said. “I have no doubt that you will be able to accomplish your mission, and I hope you feel emboldened to lean on your first sergeants if ever need be. We’re here for you.”

The following day, Daniels toured the 621st Contingency Response Wing, where she was presented with a security forces drone virtual reality demonstration and mission briefs from multiple agencies within the CRW.

For every individual mission set there is an individual Airmen, and it’s the job of first sergeants to learn not only their Airmen, but the missions they perform and what stress they may be under, said Daniels.

Among that stress and a paramount concern of the Department of Defense is suicide prevention — a topic Daniels addressed with the first sergeants explaining how AMC is revamping the tools in our current toolkit.

“More important than checking boxes, it’s important for us to cultivate a culture in which first sergeants and Airmen alike have the tools at their disposal to be effective wingmen,” said Daniels.

At the end of the visit, Welch expressed optimism for the future as well as for closer cooperation among members of the council.

“This tour offered the opportunity for first sergeants to lead in a different aspect,” he said. “Through our interpersonal skills, operational focus and educationally-driven mindsets, we were able to illustrate why we were the first sergeant council of the year. Having the members of the council interacting during the visit was also incredibly significant for our growth moving forward.”

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