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Safety is no joke: AF Safety Chief visits F.E. Warren

touring WGF

Joe Caracillo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracting officer’s representative, explains the construction process of the Weapons Generation Facility (WGF) to Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, Nov. 16, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. The WGF is the planned replacement storage facility to consolidate the weapon maintenance, storage, and training functions needed to support the ICBM and bomber missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

MPT key turn

Col. Cathy Barrington, 90th Missile Wing commander, executes a "key turn" in the Missile Procedures Trainer with Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety and the first female fighter pilot in the Air Force, during an immersion visit Nov. 15, 2021 on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. The training was part of an immersion with the 90th Operations Group, where Leavitt received a mission brief and an opportunity to experience the Missile Procedures Trainer. Leavitt visited F.E. Warren over two days for a mission immersion and the opportunity to meet with Airmen across the wing. (U. S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

tours WSA

Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, asks questions about the AFT Shroud missile nose cover to SSgt Christopher Pilla, 90th Munitions Squadron reentry systems and reentry vehicle maintainer, Nov. 16, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. The shroud is configured to remain attached during and immediately after launch of the missile and separates under aerodynamic forces during the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

visiting WSA

Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, interacts with 90th Security Forces Group members outside the Weapons Storage Area, Nov. 16, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. The WSA is a 24/7 manned facility to repair and protect nuclear components attached to the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

departing via helo

Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, departs a UH-1N Huey after visiting one of the Missile Alert Facilities overseen by the installation, Nov. 16, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. This aircraft is operated by the 37th Helicopter Squadron and will eventually be replaced by the MH-139 Grey Wolf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

visiting U-01 topside

Master Sgt. Cole Magin, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron, weapons and tactics section chief, goes over the security precisions of training Launch Facility U-01 to Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, Nov. 16, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. The training area is used by security forces and missile maintenance personnel to practice operations and security for the Missile Alert Facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

visiting U-01

Master Sgt. Johnathon Barron, 790th Missile Maintenance Squadron, shows to Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, the interworking of Training Launch Facility U-01, Nov. 16, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. The practice launch facility prepares Airmen for the rigorous maintenance they will have to routinely conduct on actual missiles as part of their duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

group shot at breakfast

Airmen of the 90th Missile Wing gather together after a mentorship breakfast with Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, Nov. 16, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. As a pioneer for female Airmen since she was the first female fighter pilot for the Air Force, Leavitt spent some of her time at the 90th MW interacting with other women of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety, received a firsthand look at the 90th Missile Wing’s capabilities during a tour Nov. 2 – 3, 2021. 

During Leavitt’s time here, she was able to meet with safety personnel from the 20th Air Force and 90th Missile Wing, mentor female Airmen of the wing, get oriented about the missile field wind farms, view the Training Launch Facility and one of the installation’s Missile Alert Facilities, and tour the Weapons Storage Area and Weapons Generation Facility.

“It was great to meet with the hardworking Airmen of the Mighty 90th and see their amazing accomplishments,” said Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Department of the Air Force chief of safety. “The security of our nation depends on the members of the 90th doing their critically important mission each and every day.”

The reason for Leavitt’s visit was to view the current and future ICBM capabilities of the installation. This allowed her to be more familiarized with Global Strike Command’s mission set to better integrate higher headquarters safety operations. 

“My goal was to gain a better understanding of the mission, and everything it takes to maintain and protect these weapon systems.  This goal was achieved thanks to the many knowledgeable Airmen of the wing,” said Leavitt. “I am coming out of the 90th more informed about the operations and security of the Missile Wings, and I am better poised to support the mission.”

As chief of safety, she develops, executes and evaluates all Air and Space Forces’ aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat capability. Getting a personal look at the capabilities of the base allows Leavitt to know what she can provide to Air Force missile installations.

“It was an amazing opportunity to showcase our mission and our Airmen to the Air Force chief of safety,” said Col. Catherine Barrington, 90th MW commander. “Our Airmen execute a very important mission for our nation and we are proud of what we do here.”