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Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to F-16 Viper pilots from the 311th and 314th Fighter Squadrons during his visit July 9, 2020, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Goldfein was previously the 49th Fighter Wing commander, and piloted the F-117 Nighthawk during his tour at Holloman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

(From left to right) Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein; Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Temple, 49th Wing command chief; and Col. Ryan Keeney, 49th Wing commander, pose for a photo in front of the “Holloman Rock,” July 9, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Approximately every two weeks the rock is painted to highlight fun events, holidays and general base awareness activities in order to promote community and cohesion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein tours the 49th Medical Group, July 9, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Goldfein viewed Holloman’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and visited various units across base to see how Airmen are training and equipping future Air Force pilots and aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Maj. Donald Bolda, 49th Component Maintenance Squadron commander, during his tour July 9, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. During his visit, he participated in an F-16 Viper weapons load. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein bumps elbows with 1st Lt. Joshua Thompson, 49th Wing Public Affairs deputy chief, during his visit July 9, 2020, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. During his visit, Goldfein appeared as a guest on the local “Commander’s Corner” radio show, which he created during his time as the 49th Fighter Wing commander to inform the local and base community about upcoming events and relative information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Staff Sgt. Justine Sunny, 49th Maintenance Group weapons load crew member, during his tour July 9, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. During his visit, he participated in an F-16 Viper weapons load. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein poses with 6th Attack Squadron instructors and students during his visit July 9, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Goldfein visited Holloman, where he was a previous Wing Commander, and discussed the experiences and challenges of the MQ-9 Reaper community. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Revisiting the Team Holloman Community

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to 6th Attack Squadron instructors and students during his visit July 9, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Goldfein visited Holloman, and became oriented with the flying training mission of the 49th Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein returned to Holloman Air Force Base, for a visit, June 9.

Goldfein is no stranger to Holloman, but this visit was special in that it marked his last trip as the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

“This is like coming home, right to the friendliest place on earth and its actually fun that this is my last stop as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force,” said Goldfein.

A key stop on his visit was the 6th Attack Squadron, where Goldfein was able to hear about some of the challenges the instructor pilots face at the building, but also spoke with MQ-9 Reaper sensor operator students.

 “When it comes to global operations you guys are the Ph.D.s that understand it more than anybody,” Goldfein said to the students.

After his stop at the 6th ATKS, he went to the 49th Maintenance Group’s weapons load hangar where he loaded a missile on the wing of an F-16 Viper with a weapons load crew.

 They worked together to lift the missile underneath the aircraft to attach to the wing. Once his hands-on experience was complete, and the job was done, he spoke with the Airmen briefly before awarding them with coins for their hard work.

Goldfein began what we now know as “Commander’s Corner” on the radio. He wanted a forum where he could call-in and communicate happenings within the local community and base populations.

“Sometimes you plant seeds and they hit fertile soil,” said Goldfein about Commander’s Corner. “This one has hit fertile soil and grown over the years, so it has been fun to watch.”

One of his last stops was at the 311th and 314th Fighter Squadrons, where he connected with the F-16 students. He discussed virtual reality training and reminisced about using two plungers to practice maneuvers.

Before leaving, Goldfein made sure to say one thing, “Pull a G for me.”