The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command Gen. Robin Rand visited Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, Sept. 24-26, to meet with Airmen and see how they execute the mission.
The visit to the 341st Missile Wing was the general's first since taking command and afforded him the opportunity to engage with the Airmen who perform the strategic deterrence mission every day.
"This wing is doing great work," Rand told the Airmen. "We are the greatest Air Force in the world, and I don't say that boastfully. That's a fact. But to stay great, you have to work at being great. You've got to continually be willing to be innovative, adapt, adjust and stay relevant -- it takes constant work."
Rand met with junior enlisted Airmen and base leaders to answer questions and discuss current Air Force issues, participated in command…show more content… "As long as there are nuclear weapons in this world, we need to maintain them," Rand said. "And as long as we are maintaining them, we absolutely need to have a nuclear triad because a triad gives us the survivability, the protection and the capability to do exactly what we are doing and that is to ensure that no one else will use them against us."
During a base-wide all call, Rand stressed the importance of AFGSC and how the missileers are key to ensuring the safety of our nation.
"Global Strike Command is the most unique [major command] in the United States Air Force and we are the only command that does what we do globally," Rand said. "You're the ones who make sure the enemies of this country sleep with one eye open. You are our nation's silent warriors. You fight in-place every day, 24/7."
Rand also spoke with the Airmen about both a personal and professional reverence he maintains for the Airmen and their families. "I have a lot of admiration and respect for Airmen who have families and the challenges they face," he