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First call; Roberson outlines AETC priorities

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, talks about his priorities for AETC during his first commander’s call at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, Aug. 13, 2015. Roberson took command of AETC on July 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, talks about his priorities for AETC during his first commander’s call at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, Aug. 13, 2015. Roberson took command of AETC on July 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, held his first commander’s call here yesterday.

Roberson briefly talked about his family and then introduced his priorities for AETC.

“Our business is the mission,” said Roberson. “Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America.”

Roberson said taking care of Airmen and families is vital to that mission. He then talked about the importance of leadership throughout the command.

“Leadership in this command is more important than in any of the commands I have been in,” said Roberson. “We are taking American citizens right off the street and are forging them into Airmen. It takes strong leadership at every level of our organization. That very first supervisor is absolutely critical with the leadership they provide our Airmen. Leadership is critical to the success of AETC.”

Roberson transitioned into his core leadership philosophy.

“The three C’s are at the core of my leadership philosophy,” said Roberson. “Competence, care and character are essential to leadership in my mind.”

On competence, Roberson talked about leading from the front and leading by example. He said you must be ready, qualified and competent in your job to build the trust others need to follow you.

Roberson said Airmen must know that leadership cares about them and their families. Leadership must want to be a part of their lives, showing genuine care and concern for their Airmen.

Lastly, Roberson talked about character and how it entwines with the Air Force Core Values of Integrity, Service and Excellence. He said character is integrity with strength to do what is right, no matter who is looking.

After a short video on the history and strength of airpower, Roberson restated the video presentation’s overarching message.

“Airpower – because without it, you lose,” said Roberson. “I am absolutely confident that every one of you should be able to find your place in that video. Every single person in our Air Force contributes to building that airpower.”

Roberson spoke about how airpower is important globally, beginning in AETC.

“Airpower starts right here in AETC,” said Roberson. “Even before day one, with our recruiters, airpower starts with the first command.”

Finally, Roberson shared his thoughts on how the Air Force will remain the best in the world.

“It is through our Airmen,” said Roberson. “It is powered by all of you and fueled by innovation.”

Roberson concluded the session with how excited he was to be a part of AETC due to the incredible work being done, the important mission at hand, and the phenomenal people who make the mission happen.