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60th FSS learns contribution to flying mission

An Airman puts ear foams on

Senior Airman Erica Tisdale, 60th Force Support Squadron outbound assignments technician, inserts ear foams in as a KC-10 Extender taxis on the flight line during a diversity and inclusion job exposure event Aug. 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th Maintenance Group conducted the event to show the 60th FSS how they contribute to rapid global mobility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Three Airmen watch a plane taxi on the flight line

U.S. Airmen from the 60th Force Support Squadron watch a KC-10 Extender taxi on the flight line during a diversity and inclusion job exposure event Aug. 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th Maintenance Group conducted the event to show the 60th FSS how they contribute to rapid global mobility. (This photo has been altered for security purposes by blurring out sensitive items) (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airmen gather around a wing of an aircraft

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mathew Smith, 60th Maintenance Group KC-10 Extender crew chief instructor, explains the function of a wing air refueling pod on a KC-10 during a diversity and inclusion job exposure event Aug. 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th Maintenance Group hosted an event for the 60th Force Support Squadron and Airmen were able to learn more about the aircraft equipment, maintenance and the flying mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airmen walk up stairs leading into an aircraft

U.S. Airmen from the 60th Force Support Squadron and 60th Maintenance Group board a KC-10 Extender during a diversity and inclusion job exposure event Aug. 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th Maintenance Group conducted the event to show the 60th FSS how they contribute to rapid global mobility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airman sits in the co-pilots seat in an aircraft

Senior Airman Erriel Rollins, 60th Force Support Squadron force management technician, sits in the co-pilot seat of a KC-10 Extender during a diversity and inclusion job exposure event Aug. 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th FSS Airmen were able to learn more about the aircraft equipment, maintenance and the flying mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Three Airmen sit in a room inside of an aircraft

U.S. Airmen from the 60th Force Support Squadron sit in the boom operator station inside of a KC-10 Extender during a diversity and inclusion job exposure event Aug. 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th FSS Airmen were able to learn more about the aircraft equipment, maintenance and the flying mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airmen pose for photo on stairs of an aircraft

U.S. Airmen from the 60th Force Support Squadron pose for a photo during a diversity and inclusion job exposure event Aug. 24, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60th FSS Airmen were able to learn more about the aircraft equipment, maintenance and the flying mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- 

Connect to the mission: 

Connectedness, a feeling of belonging and affinity to the mission and each other, is a pivotal key to advancing diversity and inclusion. True inclusion allows everyone to make their fullest contribution to mission accomplishment and success. As a key support function to projecting rapid global mobility from the West Coast, many of the event participants experienced the awe of the flight line for the first time.  

Three instructors from Travis Maintenance Training University linked military personnel flight functions to enabling the projection of the C-5M Super Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, and the KC-10 Extender weapon systems by providing in an exterior and interior tour of the KC-10. 

Eager faces walking up the stairs to the aircraft and the many questions asked displayed outward signs of the bond developed with the enthusiastic instructors that highlighted aircraft capabilities necessary to support the mission. 

One Airman’s comment: “Seeing other Airmen doing their job really gave me a picture of the mission, that its not just a motto or statement” reminds me of a picture’s worth.  A picture is worth a million words and Senior Master Sgt. Marquita Glover, 60th Air Mobility Wing Military Personnel Flight chief, and Tech Sgt. Matthew Smith, KC-10 Instructor Element non-commissioned officer in charge, brought the people to the picture in efforts to foster connection and inclusion. 

Inclusion unleashes potential and ones fullest contribution to the success of the group, but is inclusion possible without true connection? We think not! Let us keep connecting and moving toward a more inclusive atmosphere.

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