480th ISRW command chief immersed in 548th ISRG mission

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  • By Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco
  • 9th Intelligence Squadron Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. Trey Walker, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, visited the 548th ISR Group, Beale Air Force Base, California, Nov. 3-6.

During his visit, he met the Airmen who contribute to the mission of delivering combat power by providing timely intelligence.

These Airmen included those at the Distributed Common Ground System-2, the operations floor, the U-2 Dragon Lady’s Optical Bar Camera Film Processing Center and the innovation lab.

“On these kinds of visits, I try to touch base with Airmen because every touch point is a touch of impact,” Walker said. “It’s an opportunity to impact someone positively.”
Additionally, he live-streamed while playing a video game against Chief Master Sgt. Dustin Hall, 9th Reconnaissance Wing command chief. As they faced off, they discussed Air Force culture, leadership and Airmen well-being.

“One of my priorities is improving Airmen’s quality of life,” Walker said. “It can be challenging being a command chief of a wing that is quite large. I’ve made it my goal to make the 480th ISRW a place where Airmen enjoy being part of this organization, know the value they add to the force, and understand the mission.”

Advocating for the enlisted force is an important topic for Walker. He conducted multiple all calls where he communicated to 548th ISRG Airmen about the upcoming mission restructure plan and how they will lead their peers during the changes.

“Our new job will now be working in teams to answer analytical lines of efforts for combatant commanders,” said Master Sgt. Victor Perez, 548th Operation Support Squadron mission analysis cell flight chief and all call attendee.

The changes will reduce night shift work by assigning Airmen from different types of intelligence career fields to a single group. Additional benefits of this new work environment include decreasing stress, increasing creativity and building teamwork.

“The new operation tempo creates an environment where team members are very involved with each other’s work,” said Senior Airman Bryce Schmalen, 548th OSS fusion analyst. “I’ve witnessed communication skills improving and Airmen having a better understanding of not only their job, but their peer’s job as well. I’m impressed on what we can accomplish in the mission with this transformation and I would have never thought we could be more effective than we already are.”