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Technical Sgt. Jorge Perez, 22nd Maintenance Squadron crew chief, and Airmen from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, briefed their performance on a KC-46A Pegasus A-check to 18th Air Force Command Chief Chad Bickley Aug. 25, 2021. An A-check is a 60-day maintenance inspection that focuses on the lubrication of critical aircraft components. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Tech. Sgt. Matt Leake, 22nd Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance instructor, watches over Chief Master Sgt. Chad Bickley, 18th Air Force command chief, as he fires an M4 rifle at the Combat Arms Training Facility Aug. 26, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The CATF was one of the various organizations Bickley visited during his trip to McConnell AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marc A. Garcia)

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Senior Master Sgt. Edward Soto, 344th Air Refueling Squadron superintendent, gives Chief Master Sgt. Chad Bickley, 18th Air Force command chief, a tour of a KC-46A Pegasus fuselage, Aug. 25, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Soto highlighted McConnell’s role in leading the integration of the KC-46 and its journey to full operational capacity. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nilsa Garcia)

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Chief Master Sgt. Chad Bickley, 18th Air Force command chief, utilizes the Street Smarts Virtual Reality trainer during his tour of the Combat Arms Training Facility Aug. 26, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The 22nd Security Forces Squadron demonstrated the training capabilities the unit offers its Airmen and the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marc A. Garcia)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. --

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. – Chief Master Sgt. Chad Bickley, 18th Air Force command chief, visited McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Aug. 25-27, 2021.

 

While touring various organizations, Bickley experienced McConnell Airmen’s direct impact on Air Mobility Command's global mobility mission.

 

"McConnell is excited to host Chief Bickley and demonstrate our unmatched air refueling and mission support as a part of the 18th Air Force," said Chief Master Sgt. Melissa Royster 22 Air Refueling wing command chief. "We're setting the standard for the next generation of Rapid Global Mobility, and Chief Bickley's visit allows for the opportunity to recognize Airmen's accomplishments."

 

During his visit, Bickley saw first-hand how Team McConnell Airmen have contributed to Afghanistan relief efforts, led the effort to make the KC-46A Pegasus fully mission capable, and recent diversity and inclusion efforts in making a better force for tomorrow.

 

Throughout his visit, Bickley recognized 10 Airmen for their superior performance and dedication to continuing the mission. He stated the coin he gave the Airmen was not from him but the 36,000 18th Air Force Airmen across the globe.

 

Bickley led an enlisted all call Aug. 25, 2021, where he spoke about five different topics which were COVID-19, knowing when to take a knee, suicide awareness, the high-end fight, as well as diversity and inclusion to make sure our Airmen are prepared on every level.

 

“When I look at things, I view them through the lens of readiness…will this make us a more ready, lethal force and enhance our capability against a near peer threat?” said Bickley.

 

Chief Bickley ended the all-call with an appreciation sentiment.

 

“I am truly impressed with McConnell Air Force Base and the tremendous work you’ve done to bring the KC-46 online.” said Bickley. “Maj Gen Bibb and I are extremely proud of the Airmen executing the mission downrange in tough conditions. We are honored to be a part of your team.”