by Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
11/24/2014 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- This
year's 20th Air Force Leadership Symposium brought together
approximately 120 leaders at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to discuss
opportunities and challenges in the intercontinental ballistic missile
Joining the Task Force 214 and 20th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Jack
Weinstein, was distinguished speaker Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of
U.S. Strategic Command.
"I certainly appreciate the leadership and commitment to this critically
important mission," Haney said. "We wouldn't be where we are today
without the remarkable folks that work for us."
Leading transformation of the ICBM culture and defining the way ahead
were key topics of discussion at the symposium. Gen. Darren McDew,
commander of Air Mobility Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston,
senior enlisted leader of U.S. Strategic Command, offered their
personal insight into these topics.
"Our ultimate role is to ensure that the ICBM force is a safe, secure and strategic deterrent," Weinstein said.
Weinstein stressed the important role every Airman has in the ICBM
mission. As the technical experts, Airmen are utilizing the Force
Improvement Program, which empowers Airmen by soliciting bottom-up
feedback and acting on their suggestions, to identify ways to better
execute the ICBM mission.
"Our Airmen are hand-selected to come into this business; it is our
responsibility to give them the resources they need to be successful,"
During the past eight months, 20th Air Force and the missile wings have
enacted many improvements in executing the mission and caring for Airmen
and their families. As improvements continue, commanders and senior
enlisted leaders remain critical to the process, Weinstein said.
"Everybody is in here because you were personally chosen to lead the
nuclear enterprise," the 20th Air Force commander said. "Together we
can fix any problem."
It was helpful for those who attended the symposium to network and
discuss tactics with peers in their career fields, said Chief Master
Sgt. Jason Colon, 91st Operations Group superintendent.
"It's always good to be able to come together and talk to other
operations group senior enlisted leaders in settings like this," Colon
said. "Together, we can trade ideas and find out how the other person
is handling different issues or implementing improvements."
One improvement Colon discussed with peers is training realignment for
facility managers of missile alert facilities. "The new construct is
much more efficient and effective," Colon said. "It was valuable to
hear how others were implementing the realignment."
In addition to training realignment, recent ICBM improvements at Minot
include the purchase of new trucks for missile crews to drive to their
sites and cleaning / refurbishment of Launch Control Centers.