20th Air Force Senior Leaders meet to discuss Airmen, ICBM mission

Twentieth Air Force wing commanders and command chiefs join Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton for the fall 20th AF Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. The leaders tested various weapons at the 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron firing range. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance.

Twentieth Air Force wing commanders and command chiefs join Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th AF and Task Force 214 commander, for the fall 20th AF Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. The leaders tested various weapons at the 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron firing range. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton and his leadership team receive a weapons brief from the 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron combat-arms instructors during the fall 20th Air Force Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. The wing commanders and command chiefs from the four wings tested weapons used by security forces Airmen. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton and his leadership team receive a weapons brief from the 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron combat-arms instructors during the fall 20th Air Force Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. The wing commanders and command chiefs from the four wings tested weapons used by security forces Airmen. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Col. Colin Connor, 91st Missile Wing commander, fires an MK-19 automatic grenade launcher during the fall 20th Air Force Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. 20th AF wing commanders and command chiefs took turns testing the weapons used by security forces Airmen. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance.

Col. Colin Connor, 91st Missile Wing commander, fires an MK-19 automatic grenade launcher during the fall 20th Air Force Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. 20th AF wing commanders and command chiefs took turns testing the weapons used by security forces Airmen. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force and Task Force 214 commander, fires a .50-caliber M2 heavy-barrel machine gun during the fall 20th AF Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. By testing weapons, 20th AF leaders gained insight into 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron operations. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force and Task Force 214 commander, fires a .50-caliber M2 heavy-barrel machine gun during the fall 20th AF Senior Leadership Conference at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., Sept. 19, 2016. By testing weapons, 20th AF leaders gained insight into 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron operations. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force and Task Force 214 commander, speaks to 20th AF leadership during the fall 20th AF Senior Leadership Conference at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Sept. 20, 2016. Topics included efforts to improve mission execution and care for Airmen, strategic planning and ICBM culture. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force and Task Force 214 commander, speaks to 20th AF leadership during the fall 20th AF Senior Leadership Conference at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Sept. 20, 2016. Topics included efforts to improve mission execution and care for Airmen, strategic planning and ICBM culture. The conference gave 20th AF leadership an opportunity to work together to continually improve mission performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

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

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force and Task Force 214 commander, held his fall Senior Leadership Conference here, Sept. 18-21.

Twentieth AF wing commanders, group commanders and wing command chiefs gathered to discuss the ICBM mission. They shared knowledge to improve their execution of the mission and discussed ways to help their Airmen succeed.

“I want Airmen to know that the concerns they voice to their leadership does not fall on deaf ears,” said Chief Master Sgt. Chad Schulte, 377th Air Base Wing command chief. “These issues are known at the highest level of the Air Force.”

Cotton explained that this conference was essential to growing the ICBM mission and developing the Airmen carrying out that mission. 

"Bringing 20th AF leaders together is essential to ensure our goals, priorities and strategies are continually improving," Cotton said.  "We are committed to establishing an enduring culture of excellence and discussing feedback from our warfighters, who execute the mission every day."

The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, served as the senior mentor to the wing commanders and command chiefs in attendance and shared his insights on the nuclear enterprise from a cabinet member’s perspective.

“The most rewarding part was Gen. Clapper’s brief,” Schulte said. “That’s over five decades of experience, both Air Force related and as a national security leader.”

The four-day conference included an orientation at the 620th Ground Combat Training Squadron, Camp Guernsey, Wyo. After the brief, leaders gathered at the firing range to test various weapons operated by security forces Airmen.

The conference has ended, but the leaders expressed their desire to continually improve their wings at all levels.

“Coming together in the SLC allowed us to understand the issues that are affecting our Airmen across 20th AF and help break down barriers to help them be more effective and efficient,” said Col. Ronald Allen, 341st Missile Wing commander. “We were able to share ideas to make daily life better at all four of the wings.”