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ANG director, command chief make a stop at Pa.’s resilient attack wing

Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, takes a selfie with members of the 201st Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer Squadron, Det. 1, and Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the ANG, Horsham Air Guard Station, March 11, 2018. The lieutenant general and command chief master sergeant received some hands-on experiences with the missions of various units in the 111th Attack Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)

Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, takes a selfie with members of the 201st Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer Squadron, Det. 1, and Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the ANG, Horsham Air Guard Station, March 11, 2018. The lieutenant general and command chief master sergeant received some hands-on experiences with the missions of various units in the 111th Attack Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)

t. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, takes a cupcake offered to him by Tech. Sgt. Jeny Thompson, 111th Operations Group weather forecaster, Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa. March 11, 2018. Rice and his team visited the 111th OG along with five other units during their visit to the 111th Attack Wing (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)

t. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, takes a cupcake offered to him by Tech. Sgt. Jeny Thompson, 111th Operations Group weather forecaster, Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa. March 11, 2018. Rice and his team visited the 111th OG along with five other units during their visit to the 111th Attack Wing (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)

Lt. Col. Scott Coradi, 111th Medical Group commander, shows Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, the mural located inside the 111th MDG building at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., March 11, 2018. Rice and his team visited 48 other ANG wings around the Nation prior to their stop at the 111th Attack Wing (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)

Lt. Col. Scott Coradi, 111th Medical Group commander, shows Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, the mural located inside the 111th MDG building at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., March 11, 2018. Rice and his team visited 48 other ANG wings around the Nation prior to their stop at the 111th Attack Wing (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)

HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION, Pa. -- Senior Air National Guard leadership visited the Airmen of the 111th Attack Wing here during a unit training assembly, March 11.

Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard, and Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson, command chief master sergeant of the ANG, met with members to feel the pulse of the wing with possibly the Air Guard’s most interesting story of resilience.

”Our team is here visiting this base to see what’s so special about Horsham [Air Guard Station],” said Rice. “There is something distinctive here in that this base has been able to absorb such a tremendous amount of change, direction and mission. Yet, it has done some exceptional things around the community, overseas and in partnerships built within the community, the state and the country.”

“It’s inspirational to us all and I want to see and talk to Airman about that because it’s really special and unique -- a jewel of our Air National Guard right here at Horsham.”

Rice and Anderson’s visit – their 49th throughout the nation – corroborates the director’s priority of 21st Century Guard Airmen. The interaction also displayed a support for the balance of civilian careers and family responsibilities with domestic response needs and combat operations.

On the snow-swathed installation, 111th ATKW Commander Col. Bill Griffin and 111th ATKW Command Chief Master Sgt. Paul Frisco accompanied Rice and Anderson during the event. Local leadership noted the importance of connecting with Airmen up and down the chain of command. This practice asserts the 111th ATKW vision of complete resilience by means of trust, loyalty and family involvement.

“The director of the Air National Guard is here at our base to talk to our Airmen, which illustrates the importance of connection,” said Griffin. “Everyone here should feel that this is a community and having that face-to-face interaction between all ranks and positions is imperative in strengthening that community.”

The wing’s Guardsmen coined by Rice and Anderson said they were glad to be acknowledged by ANG leadership, and felt valued by the visit. 

“It’s pretty epic,” Tech. Sgt. Jeny Thompson, 111th OG weather forecaster, said of the visit. “To have them come here sends a message that in the ANG, a very high level of leadership is willing to get in the trenches with our people to see day-to-day operations. It’s motivational.”

With its tenet of being socially fit, the role Comprehensive Airman Fitness performs in fostering resilient Airmen was evident in the 111th ATKW Airmen who met with Rice and Anderson.

“Being socially fit is a big piece of what we are in the Air National Guard; it’s our strength because we live, grow, raise our families in the same community in which we serve,” said Rice. “That continuity of service at one location, with all the complexities and changes that the Air Force brings, postures us to be socially interactive with not only the [military] community, but also with family and neighbors.”