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Command team addresses Team XL, tours base facilities

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, AETC command chief master sergeant, participate in a Q&A with Airmen assigned to the 47th Flying Training Wing during an immersion tour Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. During the briefing, Webb and Gudgel got a chance to introduce themselves and hear from people at Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready).

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, AETC command chief master sergeant, addresses Airmen assigned to the 47th Flying Training Wing during a Q&A session, Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force, Texas. Gudgel revealed the Air Force is considering bereavement leave for active duty, the possibility of joint custody assignments, and the topic of the Air Force Physical Fitness Test reform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready).

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, AETC command chief master sergeant, sport the 47th Flying Training Wing patches they traded their AETC patches for Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force, Texas. Webb and Gudgel briefed members of Laughlin to build a stronger connection between headquarters and the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready).

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), addresses Airmen assigned to the 47th Flying Training Wing during a Q&A session, Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force, Texas. Laughlin is the first AETC base Webb visited upon taking command. He is here to see what the 47th Flying Training Wing mission is all about and to hear questions and concerns of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready).

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), enters Anderson Hall to address Airmen assigned to the 47th Flying Training Wing during a Q&A session, Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force, Texas. In his message, Webb emphasized the importance of building connections and enhancing relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready).

Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), discusses Laughlin’s housing issue, Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Gudgel is accompanying Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of AETC on a tour of the installations around the command. (U.S. Air Force photo/video by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja).

Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), discusses Laughlin’s housing issue, Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Gudgel is accompanying Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of AETC on a tour of the installations around the command. (U.S. Air Force photo/video by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja).

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, the Command Chief Master Sergeant of AETC, visit with members of the 47th Flying Training Wing’s senior leadership during an immersion tour Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Laughlin is one of only three bases that conducts specialized undergraduate pilot training for the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja).

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, the Command Chief Master Sergeant of AETC, visit with members of the 47th Flying Training Wing’s senior leadership during an immersion tour Aug. 14, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Laughlin is one of only four bases that conducts specialized undergraduate pilot training for the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja).

First Lt. Karson Gabriel Artero, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron installation management flight deputy, briefs Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), on a current housing problem Laughlin is facing, Aug. 14, 2019, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. With plans to boost pilot production, Laughlin is coming up with ways to house all the extra personnel that could be soon be stationed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja).

First Lt. Karson Gabriel Artero, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron installation management flight deputy, briefs Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), on a current housing problem Laughlin is facing, Aug. 14, 2019, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. With plans to boost pilot production, Laughlin is coming up with ways to house all the extra personnel that could be soon be stationed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja).

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Air Education and Training Command’s newest commander, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, and Chief Master Sgt. Julie Gudgel, AETC command chief, learned more about the people and missions of Team XL during a three-day immersion here Aug. 13-15, 2019.

 “Laughlin’s ability to focus on cultivating combat-ready Airmen plays a critical role in sustaining our Air Force,” Webb said. “I’m proud to walk among young aviators who are giving of themselves to ensure students are prepared, trained and focused on building the Air Force that we need.”

The command duo toured facilities across the base, and spoke with Airmen at stops throughout the itinerary. During a wing all call, the general and chief opened the floor for questions and comments from those in attendance.

“It was amazing having them come here and listen to what we have to say,” Staff Sgt. June Bell, 47th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron physical evaluation board liaison officer, said. “They were open and transparent and weren’t trying to sugarcoat anything. It set the bar for other leaders to follow.”

Housing shortages, assignment tour lengths and quality of life initiatives were addressed by the command team.

“Our Airmen and their families are our biggest asset,” said Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “During my tenure I’ve made it my priority to ensure the men and women of Team XL know their voice and concerns are heard. Having the AETC commander and command chief display the same level of appreciation and transparency reaffirmed the value that’s placed on our Airmen’s voice.”

Webb said he’s excited to take the helm at the First Command, “where the Airmen are at the forefront of producing airpower.”

“To me, there is no greater satisfaction than commanding Airmen,” Webb said. “And just because AETC is the first command, we should not mistake that we are one step removed from putting our Airmen in the fight.  AETC is charged with developing and training warriors.”

Webb took command July 26, 2019, and is formerly the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command. AETC is responsible for training 300,000 students annually across 260 different career specialties.

“Our pilot training bases are at the helm to develop the men and women necessary to fulfill our diverse missions, which means generating a warfighting mentality starts here,” he said.