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SECAF Heather Wilson visits Grand Forks AFB

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is greeted by 319th Air Base Wing commander, vice commander and command chief, Col. Benjamin Spencer, Col. Bart Yates and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas August 20, 2018, as she arrives to Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson spent the day in its entirety learning more about Grand Forks AFB through the eyes of base Airmen and leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is greeted by 319th Air Base Wing commander, vice commander and command chief, Col. Benjamin Spencer, Col. Bart Yates and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas August 20, 2018, as she arrives to Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson spent the day in its entirety learning more about Grand Forks AFB through the eyes of base Airmen and leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson meets with commanders and senior enlisted leaders during a luncheon at Airey Dining Facility August 20, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Some of the topics presented to Wilson from the leaders were about mission struggles and successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to commanders and senior enlisted leaders during a luncheon at Airey Dining Facility August 20, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Some of the topics presented to Wilson from the leaders were about mission struggles and successes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks with Senior Airman Wilfredo Gutierrez, High Frequency Global Communications Squadron technician with the 319th Communications Squadron, August 20, 2018 on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson visited the 319 CS during a tour of Grand Forks AFB in order to learn more about the mission and its relevance to Air Force operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks with Senior Airman Wilfredo Gutierrez, High Frequency Global Communications Squadron technician with the 319th Communications Squadron, August 20, 2018 on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson visited the 319 CS during a tour of Grand Forks AFB in order to learn more about the mission and its relevance to Air Force operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson walks with Col. Benjamin Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander, towards the flightline in order to board her departure flight August 21, 2018, from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson arrived to Grand Forks AFB August 20, and spent her first day in North Dakota on base, meeting Airmen from multiple squadrons, and her second day in the local town learning about aerospace operations and education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson walks with Col. Benjamin Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander, towards the flightline in order to board her departure flight August 21, 2018, from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson arrived to Grand Forks AFB August 20, and spent her first day in North Dakota on base, meeting Airmen from multiple squadrons, and her second day in the local town learning about aerospace operations and education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson coins Staff Sgt. Jordan Hucks, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, August 21, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Hucks was one of many 319 SFS Airmen to work diligently during Wilson’s visit, ensuring smooth and secure base operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson coins Staff Sgt. Jordan Hucks, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, August 21, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Hucks was one of many 319 SFS Airmen to work diligently during Wilson’s visit, ensuring smooth and secure base operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson admires a coin Col. Benjamin Spencer gave to her August 21, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson visited the base for a tour August 20, and had the chance to meet several Airmen across multiple squadrons to speak to them and award them with a coin herself. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson admires a coin Col. Benjamin Spencer gave to her August 21, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Wilson visited the base for a tour August 20, and had the chance to meet several Airmen across multiple squadrons to speak to them and award them with a coin herself. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.-- The Honorable Heather Wilson, the Secretary of the Air Force, held a town hall while visiting Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, August 20, 2018.
During the town hall Wilson discussed current issues the Air Force is facing today, and how she plans to improve them.
“We need to begin focusing on our front-line fighting elements (operational squadrons), and everything that supports them,” said Wilson. “We need to figure out what they need to be ready to fight, and line up behind them.”
When asked about improving organizational climate, Wilson said the goal was to focus on giving power back to squadrons, giving time back to Airmen, and empowering commanders to make decisions for their bases.
“We must get back to our roots,” said Wilson. “Our goal is to be faster and better than any other.”
During her visit, Wilson also familiarized herself with the Grand Forks Air Force Base mission. She toured various parts of the base to include the newly renovated Airey Dining Facility, conducted focus groups with airmen, viewed the RQ-4 Global Hawk and gained greater knowledge on how it contributes to the Air Force mission.