349th AMW Command Chief Ramirez hosts first enlisted call

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  • By Senior Airman Brady Penn
  • 349th AMW Public Affairs

"So, it's not a matter of 'if' we are going to be called upon; it is a matter of 'when' we are going to be called upon," said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Edward "Eddie" Ramirez, command chief of the 349th Air Mobility Wing, who hosted two enlisted calls at the base theater, June 3-4, 2023.

This event was the first of many enlisted calls Ramirez plans to host, to reinforce the wing's commitment to the welfare and professional development of its enlisted members and to reaffirm its commitment to readiness.

Ramirez, who became the wing command chief in July 2022,  began by highlighting the importance of Air Force retention and emphasizing the essential role played by enlisted members in maintaining operational readiness. He also expressed an understanding of the current challenges faced by Airmen in their military careers and reassured his fellow enlisted Airmen that their concerns would be addressed and their voices would be heard.

"With everything going on around the world, not only over the Pacific, we need to be ready," said Ramirez. "When I talk about readiness, I am not only talking about the tasks we need to complete related to our specific job duties. We need to be ready mentally, physically, and spiritually. We have proven repeatedly in the past how important and much needed the 349th (AMW) is."

The enlisted call included Fredrick Moore, the Wing Director of Psychological Health, and Capt. Megan Stineman, the 349th Operations Support Squadron.

Moore emphasized the importance of maintaining mental fitness and recognizing the demanding nature of military service.

"I am a resource for you all at any time," said Moore. "I have this mental health toolbox full of tools that can help you to address stressors in your life, and if you show up, we can walk through your challenges."

Stineman's speech focused on the ever-evolving threats to U.S. national security. Emphasizing the importance of vigilance and readiness, she highlighted the need for continuous training and awareness to stay ahead of potential adversaries. 

Ramirez expressed his gratitude to the Airmen for their commitment and dedication to the Air Force mission. He reiterated his commitment to fostering an environment that values the input and concerns of all enlisted members.