Air Force major command chiefs from active duty, guard and reserve visit Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - Major command chiefs from active duty, guard and reserve visit Niagara to observe the first ever guard & reserve combat delivery association between the 914th Airlift Wing (Reserve) and the 107th Airlift Wing (Guard).  Pictured left to right are Chief Master Sgt. Richard King, Command Chief 107th Airlift Wing; Chief Master Sgt. Hardy Pierce Jr., Command Chief New York Air National Guard; Chief Master Sgt. Troy McIntosh, Command Chief Air Force Reserve Command; Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Barron, Command Chief Air Mobility Command; Chief Master Sgt. Richard Smith, Command Chief Air National Guard; Chief Master Sgt. Steven Larwood, Command Chief 914th Airlift Wing.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Nichols)

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - Major command chiefs from active duty, guard and reserve visit Niagara to observe the first ever guard & reserve combat delivery association between the 914th Airlift Wing (Reserve) and the 107th Airlift Wing (Guard). Pictured left to right are Chief Master Sgt. Richard King, Command Chief 107th Airlift Wing; Chief Master Sgt. Hardy Pierce Jr., Command Chief New York Air National Guard; Chief Master Sgt. Troy McIntosh, Command Chief Air Force Reserve Command; Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Barron, Command Chief Air Mobility Command; Chief Master Sgt. Richard Smith, Command Chief Air National Guard; Chief Master Sgt. Steven Larwood, Command Chief 914th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Nichols)

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- Much has been said of the historic association between the 914th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve) and the 107th Airlift Wing (Air National Guard) at Niagara Falls ARS, but on February 12, 2009 major command chiefs from active duty, guard and reserve came to Niagara to see first hand this ongoing transformation.
 
In the spirit of cooperation and with the motto "One Team, One Fight!" the 914 AW and 107 AW hosted the Air Force Reserve Command Chief and major command chiefs from Air Mobility Command, Air National Guard and New York Air National Guard. 

Of the association between the Guard and Reserve here at Niagara, Air Force Reserve Command Chief Master Sgt. Troy McIntosh said, "This is nothing to be afraid of. It will provide viability and the bottom line is this is the future." 

Air Mobility Command Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Barron said, "You're doing a great job. Continue to do what your doing to get the job done and tell us what we can do to help you. You are setting the foundation." 

After visiting Airmen and their duty sections on base, Chief McIntosh expressed his appreciation for the men and women of both wings and the challenges they face. "Thank you for being honest. I look forward to working with you in the future," said McIntosh. 

"You've got a lot of work to do, but you're on the right track. You are going to have other units come to you in the future and ask how you did it," said Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Richard Smith. "You are going to be the textbook example of associations."