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AFSOC commander, command chief visit 352nd SOW Airmen

The pair toured base facilities, visited with the command team and engaged with both enlisted and officers of the 352nd SOW.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson, learn about 352nd Special Operations Wing Preservation of the Force and Family capabilities Nov. 5, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. POTFF is a special operations command initiative that brings a holistic approach to address the pressure on the Special Operations military force and also the increased stress on the operators' families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

The pair toured base facilities, visited with the command team and engaged with both enlisted and officers of the 352nd SOW.

Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson, speak with Forward Area Refueling Point Airmen Nov. 5, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. FARP teams refuel aircraft in downrange locations often far from established air bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

The pair toured base facilities, visited with the command team and engaged with both enlisted and officers of the 352nd SOW.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson, speak with crew chiefs assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing Nov. 5, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. This year marked the first time the 352nd SOW stood up a CV-22 flying crew chief program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

The pair toured base facilities, visited with the command team and engaged with both enlisted and officers of the 352nd SOW.

Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson, learn about a 352nd Special Operations Wing medical simulator Nov. 5, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The medical trainer is a no-cost medical simulator for casualty evacuation and fly-away decontamination training and rehearsal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Lt. Gen. Slife also highlighted the value of developing individuals capable of leading in a joint environment. Although he noted that AFSOC already does a good job of this, he reiterated that it still has much to learn from other organizations in the United States Special Operations Command.

Air Force Special Operations Command Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson speaks during a breakfast for 352nd Special Operations Wing Airmen Nov. 5, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Olson and Lt. Gen. James Slife, AFSOC commander, discussed the future of the Air Force special operations community with the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Esau)

RAF Mildenhall --

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Cory Olson visited the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Nov. 4 and 5, 2019.

 Slife, who took command in June, and Olson, his command chief, visited the wing on their tour of special operations units across the Air Force.

 The pair toured base facilities, visited with the command team and engaged with both enlisted and officers of the 352nd SOW.

 The new AFSOC commander spoke at an officer call at the base theatre about the importance of remaining open-minded when serving in a leadership position.

“Even the smartest person in the room is never as smart as everyone in the room,” said Slife. “We, as leaders, need to welcome diverse thought, differing perspectives and varying experience when solving our organizational challenges.”

Slife also highlighted the value of developing individuals capable of leading in a joint environment. Although he noted that AFSOC already does a good job of this, he reiterated that it still has much to learn from other organizations in the United States Special Operations Command.

 During an enlisted personal development call, the AFSOC Chief emphasized the need for the Air Force to remain cutting edge and cast off ineffective processes not fit for a 21st century warfighting organization.

“Build the force you need for the future, not the one you grew up in,” he declared.