PACAF commander visits Team Osan
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Lori J. Robinson visited Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Dec. 17-19, 2014, her first visit to the base since becoming the PACAF commander.
During her visit, Robinson hosted an all call at the base theater, toured the 607th Air Operations Center, met with 7th Air Force and 51st Fighter Wing leadership and presided over two ceremonies -- the new 7th AF Commander Lt. Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy's promotion and the 7th AF change of command.
Robinson, who took command of PACAF in October, talked about her priorities during her visit. Foremost of her concerns is taking care of Airmen and families. Her next essential priority is accomplishing the mission.
"For me taking care of Airmen and their families means making sure, to the best of my ability, that all Airmen and their families can get the things they need to take care of the mission," said Robinson. "When it comes to mission accomplishment, what I've discovered is an Airman's success is the command's success, which leads to mission success."
On top of ensuring and encouraging Airmen to take care of themselves, their families and the mission, Robinson said it's important for her to help people understand that service is about being part of something bigger than oneself.
Having seen the Republic of Korea before as a captain, Robinson said it was exciting to see how far Osan Air Base has evolved in time.
"To come here all these years later and see how (Korea) has changed and grown, and how Airmen, their families and our relationship with our Korean counterparts are thriving, that's been amazing for me to watch," said Robinson.
Due to the short length of the visit, Robinson was unable to get a comprehensive tour of Osan AB, but praised the Airmen she met as hard-working, dedicated to the mission and extremely impressive. She intends to return to the base at a later date for a more thorough and close look at the daily operations of Team Osan, a mission that plays an important role in maintaining stability in Korea.
"Our ability to do things to produce combat airpower is one of the great things I saw here," said Robinson. "I also got to see two Airmen make below the zone and a staff sergeant STEP promoted. That was so exciting."
Robinson concluded her visit with well wishes for Team Osan over the holidays, encouraging the men and women of Osan AB to explore Korea and continue their work to preserve stability on the ROK.
"Enjoy every single day," said Robinson. "Take advantage of living outside of the U.S. Explore, because it helps you understand and appreciate separate cultures around the world ... I'm incredibly proud of the Airmen here at Osan and in the Republic of Korea. The way you handle yourselves and embrace the things you're asked to do by your leadership, I'm proud of that every day. I encourage you all to take time over the holidays to be with your families and take care of each other."