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4th Air Force leadership visits 911th Airlift Wing

Master Sgt. Dave Vanik, 758th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, poses for a photo with Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th AF command chief, after receiving a challenge coin at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019.

Master Sgt. Dave Vanik, 758th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, poses for a photo with Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th AF command chief, after receiving a challenge coin at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019. Challenge coins are a form of recognition given to an individual for their hard work and excellence, often given by a distinguished visitor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, command chief of the 4th Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th Airlift Wing view the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Nov 1, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, command chief of the 4th Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th Airlift Wing view the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Nov 1, 2019. During her visit, Villa visited the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial, toured the base and attended the first-ever Air Force Heritage Ball held in Pittsburgh. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, photographs the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Nov 1, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, photographs the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Nov 1, 2019. During her visit, Villa visited the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial, toured the base and attended the first-ever Air Force Heritage Ball held in Pittsburgh. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

hief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, and Airmen of the 911th Airlift Wing listen to a question posed by 911th Airlift Wing Inspector General Inspections Superintendent Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Healy at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, and Airmen of the 911th Airlift Wing listen to a question posed by 911th Airlift Wing Inspector General Inspections Superintendent Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Healy at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1, 2019. Villa opened the floor to questions and comments from Airmen so that she could potentially address their concerns and serve as their advocate to higher headquarters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marjorie A. Schurr)

Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, addresses Airmen of the 911th Airlift Wing during an all call at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, addresses Airmen of the 911th Airlift Wing during an all call at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1, 2019. Villa opened the floor to questions and comments from enlisted and commissioned members alike in an effort to open communication lines up and down the chain of command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marjorie A. Schurr)

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, commander of the 4th Air Force, tests out the air bath station in the new hangar at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov 4, 2019.

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, commander of the 4th Air Force, tests out the air bath station in the new hangar at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov 4, 2019. The air bath station is just one acquisition of many in support of the 911th Airlift Wing’s new C-17 Globemaster III mission; much of the base has changed since Ogden’s last visit in April 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, 911th Airlift Wing command chief, listen to contractors talk about the new two-bay hangar at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov 4, 2019.

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, 911th Airlift Wing command chief, listen to contractors talk about the new two-bay hangar at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov 4, 2019. Ogden made a point to hear details of the 911th AW’s ongoing aircraft conversion from Airmen’s perspectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Senior Master Sgt. Justin Decroo, 911th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight superintendent, explains his shop’s recent equipment upgrades to Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force com-mander, during the general’s visit of Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsyl-vania, Nov. 4, 2019.

Senior Master Sgt. Justin Decroo, 911th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight superintendent, explains his shop’s recent equipment upgrades to Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force com-mander, during the general’s visit of Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsyl-vania, Nov. 4, 2019. Ogden toured many new facilities across the base and listened to feedback from Airmen regarding the wing and the direction of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, watches a C-17 Globemaster III depart from Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4, 2019.

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, watches a C-17 Globemaster III depart from Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4, 2019. During his visit, Ogden oversaw an assumption of command for incoming wing commander Col. John F. Rob-inson, toured the base and attended the first-ever Air Force Heritage Ball held in Pittsburgh. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Tech. Sgt. Marissa Patton, 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical administration specialist, receives a challenge coin from Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, and Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden 4th AF commander, at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019.
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Tech. Sgt. Marissa Patton, 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical administration specialist, receives a challenge coin from Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, and Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden 4th AF commander, at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019. Patton was coined for excellence in her primary duty as well as her efforts in organizing the first annual Air Force Heritage Ball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, listens to a question posed by Senior Master Sgt. David Miller, 911th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019.
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Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, listens to a question posed by Senior Master Sgt. David Miller, 911th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019. Throughout his base tour, Ogden told Airmen to ask questions and bring up any issues that they have seen so that problems could be addressed at a higher level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, answers an Airman’s question at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019.
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Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, answers an Airman’s question at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019. Throughout his base tour, Ogden told Airmen to ask questions and bring up any issues that they have seen so that problems could be addressed in the coming weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander speaks to members of the 911th Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019.
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Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander speaks to members of the 911th Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019. During their time visiting the 911th LRS, both Ogden and Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, received newly-approved squadron coins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Lt. Col. William Chapman, deputy commander of the 911th Maintenance Group, shows Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, a map of a new building at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019.
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Lt. Col. William Chapman, deputy commander of the 911th Maintenance Group, shows Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, a map of a new building at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019. During Ogden’s visit to the 911th Airlift Wing, he toured the different squadrons on base and met with Airmen from several career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Airman Brianna Humbert, 911th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, poses for a photo with Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander and Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th AF command chief, after receiving a challenge coin at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019.
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Senior Airman Brianna Humbert, 911th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, poses for a photo with Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander and Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th AF command chief, after receiving a challenge coin at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2019. Humbert was coined for excellence in primary duty and for her role in supporting the ongoing aircraft conversion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. --

Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa, 4th Air Force command chief, visited Airmen of the 911th Airlift Wing at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1-4, 2019.

During their visit, Ogden and Villa participated in the 911th AW's Assumption of Command ceremony, attended the first-ever Pittsburgh Air Force Heritage Ball, and toured the base to interact with Airmen face-to-face.

Ogden and Villa opened the floor to questions from enlisted and commissioned members alike in an effort to open communication lines up and down the chain of command. The intent and driving force behind each interaction was to not only get to know Airmen as individuals, but also to potentially address their concerns and serve as their advocates to higher headquarters.