JBPHH hosts first COMPACAF visit to emphasize communication

Gen. Lori Robinson, Pacific Air Forces commander, shakes hands with Senior Airman Cory Prater, 647th Security Forces Squadron, during her visit Nov. 25 to the squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Terri Paden)

12/05/14

By Tech. Sgt. Terri Paden, 15th Wing Public Affairs

Gen. Lori Robinson, Pacific Air Forces commander, made her inaugural base visit Nov. 25 to Joint Base Pearl Harbor (JBPHH) to learn more about the 15th Wing’s mission and Airmen.

Robinson conducted her initial base tour to gain a better understanding of unit readiness and base capabilities and services while interacting with Airmen face-to-face.

“It’s about dialogue, communication and understanding where we are and where we’re going,” she told a crowd of Airmen during an all-call. “Your success is the command’s success, and my job is to do what I can to help with that success.”

Robinson also stressed the importance of continued communication and feedback up and down the chain of command.

“In times of uncertainty and concern, you can expect me to be a communicator,” she said. “It’s so important to communicate with commanders and chiefs so they can communicate with Airmen and their families. This ensures we understand what’s happening in the field and allows us to grow the institution and make it better.”

In addition to the all-call, Robinson met with Airmen from the active duty and guard flying squadrons, the 647th Air Base Group and the 15th Medical Group where she got a first-hand look at day-to-day operations and the Airmen who accomplish them.

“I’m so impressed with the young Airmen that gave briefings and talked to us today,” she said. “I’m incredibly proud of some of the successes I saw.”

Robinson encouraged Airmen to keep up the good work while continuing to be open-minded and think outside the box in the way they do business.

“We are Airmen. We go over things, not through things,” she said. “We get it done through innovation. I saw that all day today; it was huge.”

The general also emphasized the importance of teamwork while encouraging Airmen to stay focused on the bigger picture.

“I have walked away today with an incredible sense of the team effort, and that starts with great leadership,” she said. “We’re all a part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about the institution and understanding it is a total force effort. You all live that every day.”

“It’s all about taking care of each other and looking toward the same goal,” she said

She also informed Airmen that PACAF will continue to focus on the command’s core tenets and lines of operation and assured them that they and their families will remain a top priority.

As Robinson wrapped up her visit to the base, she expressed her pride and gratitude to Airmen and their families.

“Thanks for what you do every day,” she said. “Whether you’re in the guard, active-duty or you’re a civilian, I appreciate what you and your family do every day to get the job done.”

 

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