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CMSAF Wright visits Peterson AFB

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright watches 21st Security Forces Squadron Airmen perform grappling techniques during his tour of the Shoot House on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 10, 2019. During the tour, Wright saw different types of SFS training performed at the shoot house, and got first-hand experience in the active shooter simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright salutes after performing a ceremonial flag folding at the High Frontier Honor Guard on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 10, 2019. Wright credits his time in the base honor guard with changing his perspective of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright briefs instructors at the Vosler Noncommissioned Officer Academy on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 11, 2019. During his visit, Wright told stories of his time as an NCOA instructor and stressed the importance of professional military education in developing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright interacts with developmental special duty Airmen during breakfast at The Aragon Dining Facility on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 10, 2019. During breakfast, Wright answered questions about the future of the Air Force and gave advice on personal and professional development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright receives hands-on training for specialized equipment from Staff Sgt. Jonathon Stambaugh, 21st Medical Group Area Dental Laboratory technician, during his tour of the ADL on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 10, 2019. During his time at the ADL, Wright learned about specialized new equipment, and spoke to Airmen about finding their purpose and achieving their goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to Airmen at the Area Dental Laboratory during a tour of the ADL on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 10, 2019. During his meet and greet, he challenged Airmen to find their purpose and get busy working toward it, noting some of his former coworkers in the room who helped get him where he is today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to Airmen during breakfast at The Aragon Dining Facility on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 10, 2019. The breakfast was specifically for Airmen in developmental special duty positions, and it gave them an opportunity to talk about personal and professional development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Robert Gerry, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection craftsman (left), briefs Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (right), during an industrial tour of Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, April 11, 2019. During the tour, Wright learned about the various missions at CMAFS and the industrial infrastructure that keeps the mountain operational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited with the Airmen of the 21st Space Wing and partner units during a visit to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 10-11, 2019. During his two-day visit, Wright learned more about the 21st SW and its mission partners.


Day one began with a breakfast at the Aragon Dining Facility, where Wright met with developmental special duty Airmen from across Peterson and discussed the future of the Air Force and the importance of setting goals in personal and professional development.


“My advice to you is when you have a goal, write it down,” said Wright. “Then, say it out loud – whether that’s telling your coworkers or posting it on Facebook. Once you tell people, you have someone to keep you accountable.”


Returning to his roots and reuniting with some of his former coworkers, Chief Wright toured the 21st Medical Group’s newly renovated Area Dental Laboratory. In a meet and greet with Airmen, he told stories of his own career as a dental technician and provided some words of encouragement. It’s important to decide who and what you want to be, then strive for that, he said.


“Whether that’s CMSAF or Chief of Staff of the Air Force, or a business owner – whatever it is you want to be, decide on it and get busy working toward it,” said Wright. “You’ll be surprised the people and opportunities that will come your way and help pave that path for you.


“I always talk about my favorite book, ‘The Alchemist’ and how it says to find your purpose, your personal legend and the entire universe will conspire to help you achieve it. I would say the universe and a lot of people in this room have conspired to get me where I am today. Don’t let anyone limit who you want to be. Always keep striving, set goals and have a good time doing it.”


He then went on to tour the 4th and 16th Space Control Squadrons, where he received briefings about the various space operations across the 21st SW. During his visit, Wright spoke with Airmen at the Colorado Springs Regional Command Post, the High Frontier Honor Guard, the 21st Security Forces Squadron, the Vosler Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the base dormitory Cyber Café. Throughout the engagements, he shared leadership lessons and stressed the importance of making sure leaders are ready for the challenge of helping their wingmen


“Make sure you are putting your mask on first,” he said to Airmen at breakfast. “You can’t help others if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Don’t think it’s selfish either – you have to make sure you are mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually fit first.”


Wright also visited Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, where he learned about the missions of both the 21st Mission Support Group and the joint capabilities of those working at America’s Fortress.


As his tour came to an end, Wright made one thing clear: he was impressed. “I was pretty amazed at the youth of the young airmen and NCOs within the space community who are making significant contributions from a mission-perspective,” he said.

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