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CMSAF Wright listens, shares lessons while visiting Luke

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright salutes Col. Robert Sylvester 56th Mission Support Group commander, before a meet and greet Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright salutes Col. Robert Sylvester 56th Mission Support Group commander, before a meet and greet Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Wright met with hundreds of Airmen addressing their questions and concerns about the Air Force’s future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets Airmen during a meet and greet at Club 5/6, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright meets Airmen during a meet and greet at Club 5/6, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Airmen from around the base gathered to listen to Wright address many topics pertinent to the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Thompson, 56th Fighter Wing command chief during a base tour Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Thompson, 56th Fighter Wing command chief during a base tour Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. During the tour, Wright spent the day engaging with the men and women at Luke AFB and gaining insight on Luke’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to an Airman’s question during a meet and greet, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listens to an Airman’s question during a meet and greet, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Wright visited multiple units on base including the 607th Air Control Squadron where he addressed questions on physical fitness and being combat ready Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

Members from the 607th Air Control Squadron greet Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Members from the 607th Air Control Squadron greet Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Wright spent the day touring the base and meeting with hundreds of Airmen, addressing their concerns on the progression of the Air Force’s future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

Staff Sgt. Amber Hoedebeck, 607th Air Control Squadron weapons director, guides Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright as he conducts an in a flight simulation at the 607th ACS, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Staff Sgt. Amber Hoedebeck, 607th Air Control Squadron weapons director, guides Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright as he conducts an in a flight simulation at the 607th ACS, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Hoedebeck assisted Wright on how to properly operate the simulator, giving him a small taste of the training that happens at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright hugs an Airman during a meet and greet in the 56th Medical Group, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright hugs an Airman during a meet and greet in the 56th Medical Group, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Airmen gathered in a room to hear the knowledge and career experiences Wright shared during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses with an Airman for a photo during a meet and greet in the 56th Medical Group, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright poses with an Airman for a photo during a meet and greet in the 56th Medical Group, Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Wright visited multiple units on base, including the 56th Medical Group, where he discussed the importance of self-care and taking responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

U.S. Air Force First Sergeant Chief Master Sgt. Manuel Piñeiro and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak with Senior Master Sgt. Talmadge Harrison, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant superintendent, during a base tour Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

U.S. Air Force First Sergeant Chief Master Sgt. Manuel Piñeiro and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak with Senior Master Sgt. Talmadge Harrison, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant superintendent, during a base tour Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Harrison spoke on the importance of the Lightning Integrated Technician program and how it is currently being implemented at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider)

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Lammers, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak during a tour of the 56th Maintenance Group Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
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Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Lammers, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak during a tour of the 56th Maintenance Group Oct. 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Wright and his team traveled to multiple units across Luke to meet Airmen and learn about the different roles and responsibilities they have. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Oct. 22, 2018, to engage with Airmen and gain insight on the wing’s mission.

Wright visited multiple units including the 56th Medical Group, 56th Mission Support Group, 607th Air Control Squadron, 56th Maintenance Group and Base Operations.

While visiting the 56th MDG, Wright stopped at stations throughout the facility to listen to Airmen and their concerns or feedback. Airmen addressed enlisted performance reports, computer based training, operational camouflage pattern uniforms and leadership standards. Wright left them with a personal story and wisdom on how to overcome their obstacles.

“My greatest obstacle was myself,” said Wright. “In my career and in my life, whenever something bad happened it was always somebody else’s problem. I was always placing blame on others around me until I realized as a senior master sergeant. I was stationed in Korea and I had a young senior airman who told me I was a hypocrite. He helped me understand that I was responsible for my own destiny. He forced me to go home and look in the mirror and realize that I was responsible for my own actions. Once I was able to take responsibility for myself I was able to progress forward.”

As the CMSAF’s visit continued, he stopped to talk with Airmen in the 607th ACS about physical fitness, character and attitude. He spoke on developing the Air Force’s core values as part of their character and making it something that is important to them.

“The difference between character and personality is that character is on the inside and personality is what’s on the outside, you can fake it to everybody,” said Wright. “Character you can’t fake. It’s what you stand for and making sure you adopt the core values.”

Wright spoke on keeping oneself disciplined with physical fitness and making sure you are always ready.

“You have to keep yourself disciplined before someone else does,” said Wright “Nobody is going to tell you when to get up and run, that’s all on you.”

As the visit to Luke came to a close, the message that Wright ensured he passed on was to eliminate the phrase “that’s good enough”. Wright made sure that all of the Airmen he spoke with remembered the key message of making sure we live by the core values, especially “Excellence in all we do”.

“If it can be better, then good isn’t enough,” said Wright. “Always strive for excellence.”