The highest-ranking senior enlisted member of Air Force Space Command recently paid a visit to Vandenberg Air Force Base, which culminated in a base-wide all call Oct. 22.
AFSPC Command Chief Master Sgt. Douglas L. McIntyre's visit included breakfast with outstanding Airmen from the base, a Joint Space Operations Center tour, a first sergeant all call and a tour of Space Launch Complex 3.
"I really appreciate what you do each and every day," said McIntyre. "I see what we do as an Air Force and I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, every single day, it is impressive."
Among his experiences during the day, Chief McIntyre was admittedly impressed with the consistent efforts put forth by VAFB personnel.
"I've been in space command for about 16 months now, and we talk a lot about our technology, whether it's space or cyber," said McIntyre. "But I'm here to tell you the best technology in the world does not buy you the best Air Force. You buy us the best Air Force. It's the people that make the Air Force go."
Those accompanying Chief McIntyre throughout the day witnessed firsthand his dedication to the Air Force.
"Chief McIntyre has a passion for the Air Force and its Airmen, 30 years strong," said Senior Master Sgt. Jason Price, 30th Launch Group superintendent. "He can easily relate to all Airmen. His energy and leadership is transcendent and rivaled by few."
Before the Team V all call in the afternoon, Chief McIntyre recognized Airmen for their outstanding achievements both professionally and personally.
"It was an absolute honor to be coined by Chief McIntyre," said Staff Sgt. Chris Moore, 30th Comptroller Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of special actions. "I am at a major point in my career, and to be honored by our top leadership was both humbling and exciting. It's obvious that Chief McIntyre is fully engaged and seeks to make the lives of the Airmen around him more efficient."
After 30 years in the Air Force, Chief McIntyre is waiting for the next Airmen to step up and take his place.
"By the time I get off this stage, if one person believes a little bit more in the Air Force like I believe in the Air Force and the core values, my job here is done," said McIntyre.
At the end of the Team V all call, Chief McIntyre challenged those in attendance in his deafening command voice to "aim high", to which more than 400 Airmen responded in unison "fly, fight, win," once again proving his devotion and commitment to the world's greatest Air Force.