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AFGSC commander visits Dyess, emphasizes Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, greets 7th Bomb Wing security forces Airmen at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. Ray and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, Command Chief of AFGSC, participated in firearm training simulators designed to enhance the readiness training of Defenders, and coined Airmen for their outstanding job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, greets 7th Bomb Wing security forces Airmen at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. Ray and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, Command Chief of AFGSC, participated in firearm training simulators designed to enhance the readiness training of Defenders, and coined Airmen for their outstanding job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

Rhonda Ray, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, speaks with military spouses at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. Rhonda spoke on the topic of homeschooling children as a military spouse, while taking questions on state curriculum requirements during permanent change of station moves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

Rhonda Ray, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, speaks with military spouses at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. Rhonda spoke on the topic of homeschooling children as a military spouse, while taking questions on state curriculum requirements during permanent change of station moves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bermsoo Kim, 7th Bomb Wing chaplain, explains the current ministry of the Soul Fire Cafe to Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, and his wife, Rhonda, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. The Soul Fire Cafe was started by Ray, his wife and the chaplains while he was in command of the 7th BW in 2008, and was an effort to reach out and build connections between Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bermsoo Kim, 7th Bomb Wing chaplain, explains the current ministry of the Soul Fire Cafe to Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, and his wife, Rhonda, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. The Soul Fire Cafe was started by Ray, his wife and the chaplains while he was in command of the 7th BW in 2008, and was an effort to reach out and build connections between Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Menasco, 317th Airlift Wing commander, middle right, talks with Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, left, his wife, Rhonda, and Walter Nicolds, Dyess museum curator, middle left, at the Dyess Memorial Park just outside of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. The renovated park opened on July 19, 2019, to honor fallen Airmen assigned to Dyess at the time of their death. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Menasco, 317th Airlift Wing commander, middle right, talks with Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, left, his wife, Rhonda, and Walter Nicolds, Dyess museum curator, middle left, at the Dyess Memorial Park just outside of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. The renovated park opened on July 19, 2019, to honor fallen Airmen assigned to Dyess at the time of their death. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cynthia Ward, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircrew ground equipment production support NCO in charge, shows a prototype AGE asset tracking system to Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. The tracking system is a new innovation designed to keep account of individual pieces of equipment to assist in AGE inventory processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cynthia Ward, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircrew ground equipment production support NCO in charge, shows a prototype AGE asset tracking system to Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. The tracking system is a new innovation designed to keep account of individual pieces of equipment to assist in AGE inventory processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, holds an all-call with Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing in the base theater at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. Ray spoke about various topics including upcoming changes to the B-1B Lancer mission and the importance of the Resiliency Tactical Pause in increasing morale, becoming better wingmen to each other and building a more positive work environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, holds an all-call with Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing in the base theater at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019. Ray spoke about various topics including upcoming changes to the B-1B Lancer mission and the importance of the Resiliency Tactical Pause in increasing morale, becoming better wingmen to each other and building a more positive work environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Susan Roberts)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Gen. Tim Ray, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, his wife, Rhonda, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, Command Chief of Air Force Global Strike Command, visited Dyess Air Force Base Aug. 22 to tour various facilities and speak with Airmen and their families.

During an all-call with 7th Bomb Wing Airmen, Ray emphasized the importance of the tactical pause to address the increase in suicide rates among Airmen.

“It’s completely reasonable to take a knee sometimes, especially when there is time. Right now, we do have time,” said Ray. “The margin and the resiliency of the team will take priority now. We’ll take one step back to take two steps forward.”

The tactical pause is designed to allow Airmen, leaders and supervisors time to reflect on how to increase morale, become better wingmen to each other and build a more positive work environment.

During his visit, Ray encouraged leadership to give their Airmen time to recover and find a sustainable workflow to rebuild the resiliency of the teams.

“The next chapter of conflict will be very different. And the stakes potentially much higher,” said Ray. “It’ll take better leaders, teachers, technicians and teams to prevail.”

Ray and his wife also visited the Soul Fire Cafe, an Airmen’s ministry program they helped start along with the chaplains in 2008 while he was in command of the 7th BW. The cafe allows young Airmen to reach out and connect with others, while also providing them a place to freely socialize.

Other stops on the visit included the Dyess Memorial and museum, firearm training simulators, an aerospace ground equipment briefing and maintenance flights. Throughout the visit, Ray, Rhonda and Hoffman received briefings and held discussions with Airmen about the command and base missions. Ray also recognized several Airmen with a coin for outstanding performance in their career fields.