301 FW holds commander’s call

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  • By SrA William Downs, 301st Fighter Wing public affairs
  • 301st Fighter Wing

Col. Allen Duckworth, 301st Fighter Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Senigo, 301st Fighter Wing Command Chief, hosted a wing commander’s call on April 3.

With the last in-person wing commander’s call held in 2019 due to the pandemic, leadership seized the opportunity to reflect on the wing’s accomplishments the past year and delivered a message focused on resiliency.

“I know when we started 2021, Chief Senigo presented his let’s crush ‘21 plan, and when you look back at it, we did absolutely that,” Duckworth said. “Despite everything that life, a pandemic, and mission threw at us; we got through all of it.”

Duckworth explained that 2021 presented many challenges to the wing from natural disasters, deployments, and a rapidly changing environment that put high levels of stress on wing members.

Despite the challenges members experienced, Duckworth noted his appreciation for the commitment and dedication wing members made over the last year.

“I just want to say thanks,” Duckworth said. “Thanks for continuing to serve. Thanks for being here. Thanks for doing what you do.”

Building on the resiliency theme of the commander’s call, Command Chief Senigo then spoke on the Comprehensive Airman Fitness pillars: physical, social, mental, spiritual, and financial.

Senigo explained to attendees that in order to be successful, airmen do not need to do extraordinary things, but rather do the basics extraordinarily well. 

“What are our basics that we have?” Senigo asked. “As airmen, wearing the uniform, taking care of ourselves through those five pillars, taking care of doing your primary job, and if you’re the best at your job, turn around and help somebody else to bring them up to that standard.”

Despite all the challenges, Col. Duckworth reminded airman that the wing continues to be present, is moving forward, executing training and maintaining mission readiness.

“We had some challenging times, and the fact that you’re still here means a lot,” Duckworth said. “The fact that you’re still here, serving our nation, pledging your life to its defense, means a lot.”

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