People First, Mission Always, Safety Forever

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland -- To all Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Airmen:

I want to take this opportunity to tell all of you how honored I am to serve as your commander. Laura and I are delighted to be here. Thank you for welcoming us with open arms.

I am excited about our future. I know there are plenty of challenges out there, yet there are just as many opportunities as well. ISR has become crucial to everything that happens today. Indeed, every phase of every operation begins and ends with ISR. It is humbling to be placed in command of the organization most responsible for ensuring the bond between operations and intelligence not only remains unbreakable, but is also strengthened in ways that assures Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power for the next decade.

I want to thank Maj. Gen. Bob Otto for all he did for the ISR Agency during his tenure. Along with his spouse, Chris, Maj. Gen. Otto worked tirelessly to take care of people while accomplishing the mission.

My charter is to build on the magnificent achievements of my predecessor, the entire AFISRA leadership team, and the terrific total force ISR agency Airmen involved in worldwide operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I have always been incredibly impressed by the ISR agency. Your stellar reputation is hard-earned and well deserved.

Based on my previous assignments over the past 29 years, I have a rich appreciation for Air Force and joint ISR. I will focus on three strategic areas I view as critical to future air force and joint success: cross-domain integration; operational-level command and control; and dynamic multi-intelligence, multi-phase integration of national, theater, and tactical capabilities. ISR is crucial to success in all three.

I am supremely interested in ensuring the ISR Agency's importance and relevance extend far into the future; how we adapt to remain indispensable during all phases of operations across the globe; and how we bring ISR and cyber (which are inextricably linked to begin with) even closer together in ways that make the most sense for our Air Force and joint warfighters. Along with the innovative, creative, talented people across this agency, we will become even better. I can promise all of you that "powered by Airmen, fueled by innovation" is much more than a bumper sticker. It is how we must operate in the future environment.

We live in uncertain times. The world is changing rapidly around us, leading to new, complex pressures across our entire military. The drawdown in Afghanistan will accelerate over the next year; we will continue to rebalance towards the Pacific theater; and we are facing a new fiscal environment that demands nothing short of a complete reassessment of how our Air Force is organized and operates. Standing still is not an option. We will have to adapt, and adapt quickly, to this new environment. That's okay. No matter what happens over the next few years, we will be called upon time and time again to deliver. And we will deliver. You always do.

People First, Mission Always, Safety Forever.