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12th AF leaders visit Ellsworth

Col. Kevin Kennedy, 28th Bomb Wing commander, welcomes Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, as he arrives at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 3, 2013. Wolters and Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief, visited Ellsworth Dec. 3 and 4 and to discuss current issues and challenges the Air Force is facing with Ellsworth Airmen and to thank them for their dedicated service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Hada/Released)

Col. Kevin Kennedy, 28th Bomb Wing commander, welcomes Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, as he arrives at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 3, 2013. Wolters and Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief, visited Ellsworth Dec. 3 and 4 and to discuss current issues and challenges the Air Force is facing with Ellsworth Airmen and to thank them for their dedicated service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Hada/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, talks with Brian James, 28th Maintenance Group Air Force Engineering and Technical Services chief, about his role in accomplishing the base mission during a visit at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2013. Wolters emphasized to all Airmen he met that their efforts are greatly appreciated and recognized by not only Ellsworth leaders, but top Air Force leaders as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Hada/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, talks with Brian James, 28th Maintenance Group Air Force Engineering and Technical Services chief, about his role in accomplishing the base mission during a visit at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2013. Wolters emphasized to all Airmen he met that their efforts are greatly appreciated and recognized by not only Ellsworth leaders, but top Air Force leaders as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Hada/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, visits with Airmen in the Raider Café at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2013. Wolters touched on a variety of issues impacting Airmen and also toured several facilities including the 432nd Attack Squadron headquarters and 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Deployment Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, visits with Airmen in the Raider Café at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2013. Wolters touched on a variety of issues impacting Airmen and also toured several facilities including the 432nd Attack Squadron headquarters and 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Deployment Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, talks with Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a tour at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 3, 2013. During his visit, Wolters hosted an all call for the base where he encouraged Ellsworth Airmen to uphold Air Force standards and be vigilant in their efforts to protect their wingmen and families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, talks with Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a tour at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 3, 2013. During his visit, Wolters hosted an all call for the base where he encouraged Ellsworth Airmen to uphold Air Force standards and be vigilant in their efforts to protect their wingmen and families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, speaks with Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing during a commander’s call at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2013. The general discussed a variety of topics including the importance of standards, heritage and the wingman concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio/Released)

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, speaks with Airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing during a commander’s call at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2013. The general discussed a variety of topics including the importance of standards, heritage and the wingman concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio/Released)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Ellsworth hosted a visit from Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, Dec. 3 and 4, and took the opportunity to showcase 28th Bomb Wing Airmen accomplishing the mission at the home to two of the nation's three B-1 combat squadrons.

During his visit, Wolters hosted an all call in the base theater and toured several facilities including the 432nd Attack Squadron, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Deployment Center and 28th Medical Group.

Wolters began his address at the base theater by thanking Airmen for their hard work, sacrifices and continued dedication.

"We ask a lot more from our Airmen today then we have in the past," said Wolters. "The Air Force is going through some big changes, and yet, despite all of the challenges, our Airmen overcome and accomplish the impossible."

The general explained that training, teamwork and trust have long since been the backbone of the 28th BW, adding that Ellsworth's legacy can be traced back to 1942, when Lt. Col. James Doolittle, lead a famed raid designed to bolster American morale and provide an opportunity for the U.S. to retaliate against Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"I encourage all of you to embrace these principles," Wolters said. "Let them guide and help you persevere through these difficult times."

Wolters and Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief, also took time to meet with Airmen during a special meeting in the Raider Café dining facility.

During the meeting, Williams encouraged Airmen to take care of one another and keep in mind what truly matters.

"The mission comes first, but the Airmen that drive the mission are just as important," Williams said. "Airmen should learn more about themselves and how they relate to the mission. I advise them to adopt the whole person concept and strive to go above and beyond expectations. That balance will help them throughout their career."

Wolters added that the holidays are around the corner and that he extends his gratitude to Airmen and their families.

"You need to understand that the sacrifices you've made just to be here today are phenomenal," Wolters said. "The sacrifices you'll make in the future will be incredible. This commitment is absolutely necessary and needs to continue to occur for the salvation of our wonderful country."





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