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Gen. Goldfein tours Dover AFB

Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control.

From left, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein talks with Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, during a tour of Dover Air Force Base, Del., Nov. 1, 2018. Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (right) speaks with Capt. Michelle Petry, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, during an EOD demonstration Nov. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. EOD Airmen are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein signs the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal truck during a tour of Dover Air Force Base, Del., Nov. 1, 2018. EOD Airmen are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) coins Airman 1st Class Jonathan England, 436th Security Forces Squadron response force member, during a visit to Dover Air Force Base, Del., Nov. 1, 2018. Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (front) speaks with Airmen assigned to the 436th Maintenance Squadron during a tour of the Isochronal Inspection (ISO) Dock Nov. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB is home to the Air Force’s sole Major ISO Dock, which is capable of conducting major isochronal inspections of the C-5 aircraft. During a nearly 60-day inspection process, aircraft maintainers strip down the aircraft looking for any deficiencies, faults, cracks or any other problems in every major aircraft system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn Goldfein, (both left) visit the Fisher House Nov. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Fisher House provides care, service and support to families of fallen Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who attend dignified transfers, returning their loved ones to American soil at Dover AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Goldfein is the 21st CSAF and focuses on revitalizing squadrons, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and advancing multi-domain, multi-functional command and control.

Senior Airman Austin Anthony (left), 436th Maintenance Squadron, briefs Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during his tour of the Isochronal Inspection (ISO) Dock Nov. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB is home to the Air Force’s sole Major ISO Dock, which is capable of conducting major isochronal inspections of the C-5 aircraft. During a nearly 60-day inspection process, aircraft maintainers strip down the aircraft looking for any deficiencies, faults, cracks or any other problems in every major aircraft system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, toured Dover Air Force Base Nov. 1, 2018.

The brief visit to Dover was the first stop on a three-day trip in which Goldfein visited Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he spoke to students of the Army Command and General Staff College, before traveling to the Air Force Academy and NORAD in Colorado.

As with most base visits, the Goldfeins were exposed to a wide swath of Airmen, families and facilities at Dover, including the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, the base club The Landings, and the United Service Organizations (USO) community center. The Fisher House and AFMAO missions are dedicated to ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and providing care, service and support to families of the fallen.

While there, Mrs. Goldfein also visited the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, the 436th Medical Group and the fitness center, where she had lunch and conversation with Dover’s key spouses.

Meanwhile, Gen. Goldfein observed a demonstration of the new fitness assessment for Airmen responsible for disposing of explosive ordnance from Dover’s EOD unit and “talked shop” with maintenance Airmen at the Isochronal Inspection Dock.

He also met with squadron commanders, superintendents and first sergeants during a lunch that included a period of questions and answers. There, Gen. Goldfein spoke about the Dover mission, shared his priorities for Airmen and discussed his vision for the future of the Air Force.

"Never lose sight of the gift of leadership,” Gen. Goldfein told them. “We've been entrusted with the greatest treasure in our nation’s arsenal, which are young men and women; 96 percent of whom ... joined after 9/11, which means they never have known a day of peace. It is our job to take care of them so they can take care of the mission.”

“My job, as Chief, is to make sure you have what you need to get that done and then get out of your way,” he continued. “And to make sure you know that both the Secretary and I absolutely, totally and completely trust you to get the job done.”