Wolf Pack connects with Heritage: 'Continue to pursue excellence'

U.S. Air Force Col. Tad Clark, 8th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to members of the Wolf Pack about wing heritage at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2020. Clark’s recent visit to Vietnam inspired him to share his experience of the visit and of the wing’s role during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)
U.S. Air Force Col. Tad Clark, 8th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to members of the Wolf Pack about wing heritage at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2020. Clark’s recent visit to Vietnam inspired him to share his experience of the visit and of the wing’s role during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)

Wolf Pack connects with Heritage: 'Continue to pursue excellence'

by Staff Sgt. Anthony Hetlage
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Col. Tad “Wolf” Clark and Chief Master Sgt. Steve “Wolf Chief” Cenov hosted their third commander’s call for the members of the Wolf Pack to highlight the heritage of the wing, the base’s dynamic battle rhythm and quality of life achievements for the past few months, Feb. 6.

The 8th Fighter Wing commander and command chief began the all call by elaborating on the history of the wing that dates back to 1923. Clark’s recent visit to Vietnam inspired him to share what resonated with him about the wing’s role in the Vietnam War during his trip.

“I got to see first-hand, the remarkable role our wing played,” said Clark. “Our wing’s jets were the first-ever to use laser-guided bombs and were able to take out two of the North Vietnamese’s most heavily defended supply lines in the Doumer Bridge and Ham Rong Bridge and I got to see the current Doumer Bridge. It was great to see the significant role we played.”

Afterwards, Cenov highlighted Kunsan AB’s busy battle rhythm to acknowledge just how much the wing accomplishes daily throughout its ranks and units in a single year.

“We have an amazing history and the reason we have an amazing history is because we have an amazing team,” said Cenov. “Our tempo has been very high. We have to fly, train, conduct turnover and more. It doesn’t matter what your rank is, we all have to take care of each other.”

Next, Clark and Cenov highlighted the major successes and progress made in enhancing the quality of life at Kunsan AB, furthering the wing’s line of effort, “care for the team.”

“We have generals visiting on a frequent basis to see the Wolf Pack,” said Cenov. “Generals come because they respect us and they want to hear what our challenges and concerns are and we tell them based on the feedback we receive from you.”

“We demand a lot from you as Airmen and we owe it to you to do everything we can to supply you with the things you need,” said Clark. “When we got here in May, zero dorm elevators were in operation. It was a team effort to get all of those elevators working again, everything from financing, installing, to certifying those parts.”

The two leaders invited Tech Sgt. Devin Kennedy, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron Airman dorm leader to inform the Wolf Pack about different ways to further improve communication regarding dormitory concerns.

“Wolf and Wolf Chief have personally walked through the dorms. We created a facility maintenance team to mitigate issues as much as possible.” said Kennedy. “For smaller scale issues, we also have self-help videos to show you how to alleviate certain issues like a clogged sink on sharepoint. Also, each dorm has a council that you can share innovative ideas or improvements with.”

Lastly, Clark and Cenov closed by highlighting the importance of the mission and the Wolf Pack members.

“The message from senior leadership from this base has always been, ‘don’t worry about making mistakes, pursue excellence;’ and you all answered that challenge,” said Cenov.

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