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19th Air Force leadership visits the 33rd Fighter Wing

Maj. Gen. Wills and Chief Master Sgt. Rogers visit 33rd Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, tours the Human Performance Initiative facility at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 7, 2021. Wills toured the HPI facility to learn about the benefits of using physical fitness, physical therapy and chiropractic care to keep up with the highly active work and lifestyles of pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

Maj. Gen. Wills and Chief Master Sgt. Rogers visit 33rd Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, coins Staff Sgt. Joshua McGirt, 33rd Maintenance Squadron metals technology journeyman, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 7, 2021. Rogers recognized McGirt for his exemplary work and expressed her gratitude for his dedication to the mission and the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

Maj. Gen. Wills and Chief Master Sgt. Rogers visit 33rd Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, speaks with Air Force Recruiting Service’s AIM HIGH Flight Academy students during his visit at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 8 , 2021. The AIM HIGH Flight Academy is a 3-week summer program designed to meet the chief of staff of the Air Force’s Rated Diversity Improvement initiative to increase interests in rated career fields in underrepresented youth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

Two Airmen get coined by 19th Air Force leadership

From left, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Molly Lascelles and Airman 1st Class Emily Scavoni, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs pose for a photo after being coined by Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 8, 2021. Wills and Rogers recognized Lascelles and Scavoni for their exemplary work and dedication to the mission and the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heather LeVeille)

Maj. Gen. Wills and Chief Master Sgt. Rogers visit 33rd Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, listens during a Rated Diversity Improvement brief at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 7, 2021. Wills met with 33rd Fighter Wing leadership to learn about wing outreach, the flying mission, maintenance programs and priorities moving forward at the training wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leandra Garcia)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, visited the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, June 7-8. 

Wills and Rogers visited the 33rd FW to meet with the Airmen, host a commander’s call to discuss the updates to pilot training, and learn about rated diversity and community outreach efforts conducted by the 33rd FW personnel. 

“There are a lot of things changing in our society and in our Air Force,” said Wills. “It’s this digital revolution that if you look back on how technology has changed in your life and your career, the last 10 to 15 years have been pretty dramatic, and we see that these things are just continuing to accelerate.”

They met with Airmen across the wing, recognizing and inspiring Airmen with duties ranging from aircraft maintenance to Airmen in support roles across the wing. Several Airmen were highlighted for their exemplary work and dedication to the mission.

“All of our installations are different in their own way and the Nomads have a different culture, which is an awesome thing to see everyone coming together to get the mission done,” said Rogers.

Wills had the opportunity to meet with AIM HIGH Flight Academy students from the Air Force Recruiting Service’s Detachment 1 that were also here for a visit to gain mentorship from active duty Air Force F-35 pilots assigned to the 33rd FW.

“There’s no automatic success, all of the people you look at that are successful in life have had to work really hard,” said Wills.

In October 2018, Det. 1 was established to develop innovative programs in support of the Air Force’s Total Force recruiting efforts. It focuses on pre-accession audiences and works with partners to provide pathways to accession sources like the U.S. Air Force Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Officer Training School.

“It’s been a hard year and we’ve worked through a lot,” said Wills to AIM HIGH Flight Academy students. “We still have a lot of work to do, but have faith and be confident in your futures.” 

The 33rd Fighter Wing “Nomads,” is a graduate flying and maintenance training wing for the F-35A Lightning II. The wing also has two geographically separated organizations at Tyndall Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, Florida. Annual student training yields on average 58 F-35 pilots, 150 F-35 A/B/C maintainers, 140 intelligence personnel in support of Air Force Special Operations Forces, 48 intelligence personnel in support of F-35 operations and 82 air battle managers in support of Air Force operations.