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AFSPC command chief visits Buckley, thanks Airmen

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, speaks to 460th Operations Group Airmen during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, speaks to 460th Operations Group Airmen during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Christina Miller, 460th Medical Group, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily E. Amyotte/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Christina Miller, 460th Medical Group, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily E. Amyotte/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Carlos Gomez, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Carlos Gomez, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Airman 1st Class Lorenzo Ross, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Airman 1st Class Lorenzo Ross, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Darren Scott, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Rau/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Darren Scott, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs, during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Rau/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, poses for a group photo with 460th Space Wing Airmen during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Rau/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, poses for a group photo with 460th Space Wing Airmen during his base visit April 9, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. During his visit, McIntyre spoke on Buckley AFB’s vast mission, its importance to national security, and the Airmen who accomplish the mission every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Rau/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, engaged with the Buckley Air Force Base Airmen and thanked them for their efforts during his visit April 9-10 on Buckley AFB, Colo.

During his visit, McIntyre visited different work centers to speak to Airmen, ate lunch with Senior NCOs, and had breakfast with NCOs and Airmen. He also spoke on Buckley's vast mission, its importance to national security and how well the Buckley AFB Airmen accomplish it every day.

"The space mission you do is not just for the Air Force or our nation, but also for our allies around the world," said McIntyre. "There is nothing in the department of defense that some piece of cyber, and perhaps space, doesn't touch."

He also talked about the Airmen that he has the opportunity to meet as an AFSPC command chief.

"We have amazing Airmen," explained the chief. "We are so talented as an Air Force, and on the mission side, we recruit and retain the people and I think that is how we are the best Air Force in the world."

He connected with 460th Space Wing members from the 460th Security Forces Squadron, 460th Force Support Squadron, 460th Operations Group, 460th Medical Group, 460th Mission Support Group and Airman Leadership School.  His career journey resonated with Team Buckley Airmen.

"It was pretty inspiring to hear his story from when he was a junior enlisted Airman to now being the command chief of at AFSPC," said Senior Airmen Carlos Gomez, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, who was coined by the Chief. "It just goes to show that no matter where you start, you can still reach the top." 

The Chief also thanked the Buckley AFB Airmen for their dedication to persistent global surveillance. 

"I want to let the Airmen know what they do is valued not only by their commander, but also by the AFSPC commander," said McIntyre. "I wanted to pass on my thanks, not only to the leadership team, but to the Airmen of Buckley as well.  What they do here is pretty special."
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