News | Aug. 12, 2016

New wing commander brings unified mission mindset

By 1Lt. Siobhan G. Hazelwood 940th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Col. Craig Peters, 940th Air Refueling Wing commander, held a commander’s call August 7, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California to introduce himself to the wing, recognize and award many deserving Citizen Airmen and share his mission, vision and priorities.

This commander’s call gave Citizen Airmen the opportunity to meet their new commander and learn his mission for the wing, which is to provide mission ready Citizen Airmen in support of United States national security objectives.

“What I wanted was a mission statement that is overarching for the entire wing,” said Peters. “All of us together make up the wing. What I want you to do is focus on where you sit in the wing because that’s what you bring to the table. We are going to operate as an entire wing. It’s not about one person, it’s not about two people - it’s about all of us, working together as a big team.”

Peters’ mission ties into his five lines of effort vision for the wing of “Mission, People, Professionalism, Embracing a Culture of Compliance and SAFETY ALWAYS.”

“The people piece is what we are going to spend a lot of time focusing on and mentoring is a big deal,” said Peters.

Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia, 940 ARW command chief, also took this opportunity to share his first impressions with Beale Citizen Airmen.

“My hats’ off to you all for making this wing what it is, I bet with outstanding people,” said Madia. “I know we still have work to do, but so far my first impressions are what a great job you guys are doing.”

Madia continued to layout his battle rhythm to the wing and his goal of getting to know and hear from the people in units around the wing.

“Over the course of my tenure here, myself and Col. Peters will be out, meeting you all, seeing what you are doing and getting the pulse of this wing,” said Madia. “When we come to your units, be honest with us, tell us what’s working and what’s not working; that’s the only way we can fix things, is if we hear it form you all.”

The remaining time during the commander’s call was used to provide Citizen Airmen valuable Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and Defense Travel System training along with informational briefs from the 940 ARW Wing Chaplain, Ground Safety Manager, Voting Assistant, and Public Affairs Chief.