BATTLE CREEK, Mich. --
Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Director of the Air National Guard (DANG), accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Rice, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Anderson, Command Chief of the Air National Guard, visited the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek, Mich., June 9, 2018.
Lt. Gen. Rice stopped by many offices on-base, chatting with Airmen about their careers and goals, as well as sharing his own experiences with them. A luncheon was held with some of the 110th’s junior enlisted Airmen to provide mentorship and understanding of how the Air National Guard operates at its highest level.
“It was a nice lunch; we learned a lot about the director, and got to talk to him about our military experiences as well as life experiences,” said Airman 1st Class Cody Kosmerick, cyber systems operator with the 110th Communications Squadron. “We also got to listen to him talk about what he has done in his career and where he wants to take the Air National Guard. It was very enlightening.”
As junior enlisted Airmen, the operations of higher headquarters aren’t always clear. During the lunch, these Airmen were able to gain rare insight into what goes on before information trickles down through the chain of command.
“He explained to us how his vision affects us locally,” said Kosmerick. “We can expect him to work for us and make effective changes for us at the lowest level.”
Mrs. Rice, escorted by Jean Wixon, director of family readiness, and Andrea Teff, a key base volunteer and wife of Col. Bryan eff, 110th Attack Wing Commander, also heard the concerns of Airmen around the base.
“I felt as though I have been heard regarding issues,” said Master Sgt. Tammy Archuleta, 110th Attack Wing superintendent of inspections. “The message I was sending seemed to be very important to her.”
As the DANG and his wife wrapped up their visit, it was clear that the impression they left on the Airmen of the 110th Attack Wing would not be soon forgotten.
“It just shows that they genuinely care about those of us at the bottom, just starting out our career,” said Tech Sgt. Robert Drye, cyber systems operator. “What the General talked about was helpful in realizing that he has dealt with a lot of the same issues in his career that we are dealing with and is working hard to correct them.”