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14th AF commander and command chief visit 45th Space Wing team

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, talk with Airmen working at the Satellite Pharmacy on Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, May 4, 2016. Buck and Neri visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, talk with Airmen working at the Satellite Pharmacy on Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, May 4, 2016. Buck and Neri visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Serena, Military Working Dog kennel master, left, and Staff Sgt. Robert Ford, MWD trainer, right, perform a MWD demonstration for Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Serena, Military Working Dog kennel master, left, and Staff Sgt. Robert Ford, MWD trainer, right, perform a MWD demonstration for Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Asuncion, Jr., 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, is presented the 14th Air Force Non-commissioned officer of the Year Award for 2015 at an all call hosted by the 14th Air Force commander and command chief May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. During the all call, Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, touched on what it takes to be a good Airman and presented several awards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Asuncion, Jr., 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, is presented the 14th Air Force Non-commissioned officer of the Year Award for 2015 at an all call hosted by the 14th Air Force commander and command chief May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. During the all call, Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, touched on what it takes to be a good Airman and presented several awards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Capt. Kyle Clements, 5th Space Launch Squadron, left of center, Bradley Andrew, NASA Kennedy Space Center, center, and Mike McAleenan, 45th Weather Squadron, right of center, are presented the Air Force Space Command Ivan A. Getting Innovation Award for 2015 during an all call hosted by the 14th Air Force commander and command chief at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, May 4, 2016. The award recognizes the year’s most innovative contribution to the Air Force Space Command mission and is named after Dr. Ivan A. Getting, a space pioneer recognized in the Space and Missile Hall of Fame for his creative work in navigational technology and vital work in the development of GPS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Capt. Kyle Clements, 5th Space Launch Squadron, left of center, Bradley Andrew, NASA Kennedy Space Center, center, and Mike McAleenan, 45th Weather Squadron, right of center, are presented the Air Force Space Command Ivan A. Getting Innovation Award for 2015 during an all call hosted by the 14th Air Force commander and command chief at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, May 4, 2016. The award recognizes the year’s most innovative contribution to the Air Force Space Command mission and is named after Dr. Ivan A. Getting, a space pioneer recognized in the Space and Missile Hall of Fame for his creative work in navigational technology and vital work in the development of GPS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, gives a brief on the Launch Range Enterprise May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, gives a brief on the Launch Range Enterprise May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Master Sgt. Jason Charlemagne, Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard superintendent, describes his efforts in designing a facility renovation and uniform recycling project to Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, May 4, 2016, at Patrick AFB, Florida. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Master Sgt. Jason Charlemagne, Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard superintendent, describes his efforts in designing a facility renovation and uniform recycling project to Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, May 4, 2016, at Patrick AFB, Florida. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, looks around SpaceX’s landing zone 1 during a tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 5, 2016. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, looks around SpaceX’s landing zone 1 during a tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 5, 2016. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Members of the 45th Launch Group, wing staff and ULA pose in front of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket on Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 5, 2016. Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Members of the 45th Launch Group, wing staff and ULA pose in front of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket on Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 5, 2016. Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Christa R. Burnet, 45th Force Support Squadron, is presented the 14th Air Force Civilian of the Year, Category I, Supervisor, at an all call hosted by the 14th Air Force commander and command chief May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. During the all call, Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, touched on what it takes to be a good Airman and presented several awards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Christa R. Burnet, 45th Force Support Squadron, is presented the 14th Air Force Civilian of the Year, Category I, Supervisor, at an all call hosted by the 14th Air Force commander and command chief May 4, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. During the all call, Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, touched on what it takes to be a good Airman and presented several awards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Jordan Smith and Maj. Jeffrey Smith, both from the 45th Weather Squadron, tell Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, about the 45th WS and how they support launch operations while he tours the Morrell Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, May 5, 2016. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)
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Tech. Sgt. Jordan Smith and Maj. Jeffrey Smith, both from the 45th Weather Squadron, tell Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, about the 45th WS and how they support launch operations while he tours the Morrell Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, May 5, 2016. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Airmen leadership school instructors describe how they’ve innovated using iPads in their course material to Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, at the Patrick Air Force Base Professional Development Center May 4, 2016. Buck and Neri visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)
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Airmen leadership school instructors describe how they’ve innovated using iPads in their course material to Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, at the Patrick Air Force Base Professional Development Center May 4, 2016. Buck and Neri visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Senior Airman Kulwinder McDaniel, 45th Medical Group, shows Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, the process used to manage and distribute prescriptions at the Satellite Pharmacy on Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, May 4, 2016. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)
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Senior Airman Kulwinder McDaniel, 45th Medical Group, shows Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, the process used to manage and distribute prescriptions at the Satellite Pharmacy on Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, May 4, 2016. Buck and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5 and gained insight into the contributions Airmen across the wing make to keep the 45th Space Wing the World's Premier Gateway to Space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Craig Neri, 14th AF command chief and command senior enlisted leader for JFCC Space, visited Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station May 4 and 5.

During their visit, they spent time with Airmen across the wing. Their stops at Patrick AFB included 45th Operations Group’s Det. 3, Human Spaceflight Support Operations, the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard Facility, 45th Security Force Squadron’s K-9 Kennels, the Satellite Pharmacy and the Professional Development Center.

While visiting the Cape, the general and command chief toured launch facilities important to the 45th Space Wing’s role as the premier gateway to space, which included the Morrell Operations Center, Area 59, SpaceX’s landing zone 1, Space Launch Complex 37 and SLC-39A. 

During their time with the Sharks, Buck and Neri shared their thoughts and experiences at an all call they hosted at the base theater and highlighted the achievements of wing members with awards.

At the start of the all call, Buck gave a few anecdotes from his time in command and explained how those experiences have shaped his views on leadership.

“These vignettes are important to me because they point out some things regarding organizational climate and leadership,” said Buck. “It’s really important to know your people and for your people to know you.  Knowing your people and building relationships should be a top priority.”

“Those relationships are absolutely critical and are the building blocks of resiliency in our force,” he said.  “Bottom line: if you don’t know the Airman, you can’t lead the Airman.”

Neri also shared his thoughts on leadership during the all call.

“I think one of the most important things we can do as Airmen in the United States Air Force is develop a foundation of trust in the organization,” said Neri.

“Everybody knows we face challenges every day, but the reality is that this team here is doing amazing things. It’s important that you focus on those things and continue to do what you do. I’ve seen all the incredible things you’ve done, and it really is impressive,” he said.

At the culmination of the all call, two 45th Space Wing members received STEP promotions. Stripes for Exceptional Performers is a program that allows Air Force leaders to select Airmen with outstanding potential for promotion to the grades of staff sergeant through master sergeant.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Green, 45th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School Instructor and Staff Sgt. Jessica Brock, 45th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy craftsman, were both promoted to the rank of technical sergeant. 

“Two steps, one phenomenal wing,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander. “Hats off to those supervisors who recognized the excellent performance of these individuals and for helping us identify those who so deserve this opportunity.”