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CSAF visits Luke to meet with Airmen, discuss F-35 future

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife Dawn receive a 56th Fighter Wing mission brief at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2019.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife Dawn receive a 56th Fighter Wing mission brief at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2019. Goldfein visited Luke AFB to engage with key leaders and address 56th FW Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wongwai)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein provide remarks during an Airmen all call at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2019.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein provide remarks during an Airmen all call at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2019. Goldfein discussed topics such as multi-domain operations, joint leaders and teams, and the importance of squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Maj. Justin Lee, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, shows Dawn Goldfien, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, how to operate an F-35A Lightning II simulator at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2019.

Maj. Justin Lee, 56th Training Squadron instructor pilot, shows Dawn Goldfien, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, how to operate an F-35A Lightning II simulator at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2019. During her time at Luke AFB, Mrs. Goldfein gained insight on how student pilots are trained using simulators prior to flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

CSAF visit Luke to meet with Airmen, discuss F-35 future

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein meets Maj. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot commander, following the team’s final practice at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2019. Goldfein, accompanied by his wife Dawn, visited Luke AFB to engage with key leaders and address 56th Fighter Wing Airmen about the current state and future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

Dawn Goldfien, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, speaks to Luke Air Force Base key spouses during a luncheon Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke AFB, Ariz.

Dawn Goldfien, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, speaks to Luke Air Force Base key spouses during a luncheon Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke AFB, Ariz. During her time at Luke AFB, Mrs. Goldfein gained insight on how student pilots are trained using simulators prior to flying, met with military key spouses to learn about their concerns and share her experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Thompson, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, during the tour of the F-35 Academic Training Center Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Thompson, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, during the tour of the F-35 Academic Training Center Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Goldfein, accompanied by his wife Dawn, visited Luke AFB to engage with key leaders and address 56th Fighter Wing Airmen about the current state and future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wongwai)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets an Airman from the 56th Fighter Wing following the Airman all call Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets an Airman from the 56th Fighter Wing following the Airman all call Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Goldfein visited Luke AFB to engage with key leaders and address 56th FW Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wongwai)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein looks inside an F-35A Lightning II cockpit following an F-35 Demonstration Team practice, Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein looks inside an F-35A Lightning II cockpit following an F-35 Demonstration Team practice, Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Goldfein, accompanied by his wife Dawn, visited Luke AFB to engage with key leaders and address 56th Fighter Wing Airmen about the current state and future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Brig. Gen. Todd D. Canterbury, 56th Fighter Wing commander, watch an F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team practice Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Brig. Gen. Todd D. Canterbury, 56th Fighter Wing commander, watch an F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team practice Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Goldfein visited Luke AFB to engage with key leaders and address 56th Fighter Wing Airmen about the current state and future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife Dawn, watch an F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team practice Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife Dawn, watch an F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team practice Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The Goldfeins visited Luke AFB to engage with key leaders and address 56th Fighter Wing Airmen about the current state and future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Dawn Goldfein, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, poses with Luke Air Force Base key spouses and 56th Training Squadron instructor pilots Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
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Dawn Goldfein, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, poses with Luke Air Force Base key spouses and 56th Training Squadron instructor pilots Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. During her time at Luke AFB, Mrs. Goldfein gained insight on how student pilots are trained using simulators prior to flying, met with military key spouses to learn about their concerns and share her experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Dawn Goldfien, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, meets key spouses from the 56th Fighter Wing, Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke AFB, Ariz.
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Dawn Goldfien, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, meets key spouses from the 56th Fighter Wing, Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke AFB, Ariz. During her time at Luke AFB, Mrs. Goldfein gained insight on how student pilots are trained using simulators prior to flying, met with military key spouses to learn about their concerns and share her experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets with an Airman from the 56th Fighter Wing following an all call Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets with an Airman from the 56th Fighter Wing following an all call Nov. 8, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. While at Luke, Goldfein toured 56th Fighter Wing fighter squadrons, met with Airmen and international pilots and learned about how Luke is contributing to the Air Force’s overall mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, accompanied by his wife Dawn, visited Luke Air Force Base, Nov. 8, 2019, to engage with key leaders and address 56th Fighter Wing Airmen about the current state and future of the Air Force.

As the home for the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II initial training programs, Luke’s mission is to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen.

During his visit, Goldfein toured 56th FW’s premier fighter squadrons, met with Airmen and international pilots and learned about how Luke is contributing to the Air Force’s overall mission.

“The work that you’re doing here at Luke, training, raising and building the future, is as important as anything else we’re doing in our Air Force,” said Goldfein.

Goldfein attended a luncheon with squadron commanders while they discussed topics such as the decision authority given to the squadron commanders and the resources provided that enable them to complete the mission.

He reiterated his focus area of squadrons as the premier fighting formation as well as the importance of squadron cultures and how they contribute to the success of the Air Force’s mission.

“For the past three-and-a-half years we have been relentlessly focused on squadrons as the heartbeat of our Air Force,” said Goldfein. “It’s the level of command where you have the most impact on the mission and the people. We succeed or fail as an Air Force at squadron command level.”

After the luncheon, Goldfein conducted an Airmen all call and spoke about topics such as multi-domain operations, joint leaders and teams.

There are four things that make a successful officer, said Goldfein. The Air Force values how an officer accomplishes the mission they’ve been given, how well they lead the Airmen instructed to their care, how well they manage the resources required to do the mission and how well they have improved their unit in the rating period. This is all wrapped in impeccable character.

“We are the service that’s responsible for the most destructive weaponry on the planet,” said Goldfein. “It’s ok for the American people to expect us to be men and women of impeccable character. It is the foundation of the officer corps that our nation requires and deserves.”

Goldfein encouraged Airmen to continue personal and professional development and concluded his speech by thanking them for their service.

“There is a reason our families aren’t worried about being attacked,” said Goldfein. “That’s because of us. You and me. Because you stood up and raised your right hand and agreed to serve when your nation needs you most. You should never take for granted the importance of your service. I’m here to stand, as your chief, to say thank you for what you do every day.”