CSAF visits RAF Lakenheath during holidays Published Dec. 27, 2022 By Staff Sgt. Charles Welty 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, United Kingdom (AFNS) -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. visited 48th Fighter Wing Airmen to thank them for standing watch during the holiday season, Dec. 21. The visit allowed Air Force senior leaders to meet with Airmen and Guardians around U.S. European Command, along with NATO allies, who stand watch 24/7 year-round and show appreciation for their efforts and sacrifice. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., speaks to Airmen assigned to the 48th Medical Group during a base tour at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 21, 2022. In order to recognize Airmen who are standing watch over the holiday season, Brown engaged with Liberty Wing Airmen and leadership across the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Olivia Gibson) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res During an all-call with 48th FW Airmen, Brown emphasized his priority of accelerating change within the Air Force and why it is so crucial. “Good enough today, will fail tomorrow,” he said. “When I think about the Air Force, I have a responsibility as your chief to drive change … to make sure we’re prepared for the future, no matter what challenge comes our way and that’s my focus.” As part of accelerating change, Brown expressed his focus on giving Airmen access to tools they need to accomplish their mission effectively. “I will do everything in my power as your chief of staff to make sure we have the capabilities to do the mission the nation has asked us to do,” Brown said. “We do not play to lose. We are the strongest Air Force in the world, the most respected Air Force in the world and we want to keep it that way … and my job is to make sure you have the tools and resources to make that happen.” Tech. Sgt. Andrew Loven, 48th Maintenance Group repair enhancement program manager, greets Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 21, 2022. In order to recognize Airmen who are standing watch over the holiday season, Brown engaged with Airmen and leadership across the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Olivia Gibson) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res “Some of us need to see a mental-health provider because we need that support, but many of us just need someone to talk to,” Brown said. “Somebody that we can lean on when things are getting a little rough. The question is what do you do to make yourself resilient as you move forward and how do you help the Airman to your left and to your right and make sure they’re being taken care of?” Before his departure, Brown opened the floor for questions and proceeded to reiterate his appreciation for the wing and the personnel stationed here. Additionally, he passed on thanks to their families for supporting them as they stand watch alongside NATO allies and partners.