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AFRC senior leaders visit Reserve Citizen Airmen

Reservists talk with Air Force Reserve senior leaders July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, visited reservists at Beale during their July unit training assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Reservists talk with Air Force Reserve senior leaders July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, visited reservists at Beale during their July unit training assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, speaks to reservists July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Miller held an all-ranks all-call to speak with Reserve Citizen Airmen and offer a question and answer period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brenda Davis)

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, speaks to reservists July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Miller held an all-ranks all-call to speak with Reserve Citizen Airmen and offer a question and answer period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brenda Davis)

Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Air Force Reserve Command command chief, shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Gabriel Montoya’s daughter, Ciara, 10, July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Montoya, 940th Maintenance Group superintendent, was promoted to Chief during a ceremony following the AFRC all-ranks all-call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Air Force Reserve Command command chief, shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Gabriel Montoya’s daughter, Ciara, 10, July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Montoya, 940th Maintenance Group superintendent, was promoted to Chief during a ceremony following the AFRC all-ranks all-call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Staff Sgt. Cathy Saetern, 940th Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technician, speaks with Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Saetern was one of the reservists recognized by her unit and given the opportunity to meet with Miller and tell her about what she does in her unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Staff Sgt. Cathy Saetern, 940th Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technician, speaks with Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Saetern was one of the reservists recognized by her unit and given the opportunity to meet with Miller and tell her about what she does in her unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Erika Kelly, AFRC command chief, speak with Airmen on the flightline July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. This was the senior leaders first visit to Beale as commander and command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Erika Kelly, AFRC command chief, speak with Airmen on the flightline July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. This was the senior leaders first visit to Beale as commander and command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Beale Air Force Base senior leaders salute as the Air Force Reserve Command senior leaders arrive July 14, 2017, at Beale AFB, California. It was the first AFRC senior leader visit in seven years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Beale Air Force Base senior leaders salute as the Air Force Reserve Command senior leaders arrive July 14, 2017, at Beale AFB, California. It was the first AFRC senior leader visit in seven years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, spent the weekend of July 14-16, visiting with Reserve Citizen Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, California.

It was their first trip to Beale as commander and command chief, and the first AFRC senior leader visit in seven years. While they were here, they held an all ranks all call, which gave Reserve members an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns, but spent the majority of their time putting faces to names, greeting Airmen around the base.

“We’re here to make that human connection," Kelly said. “We want to shake hands, but we want to know who you are.”

Miller agreed and emphasized the significance of the individuals in the Reserve.

"What's precious to me is being able to spend time with Airmen," said Miller. "Each Airman brings different skills, gifts and values to the mission, and each is important."

The general and chief stopped by each of the 940th Air Refueling Wing’s units, as well as the other Reserve squadrons located here, including the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron, 38th and 50th Intelligence Squadrons and 713th Combat Operations Squadron.

At each stop, Reserve Citizen Airmen were introduced and highlighted for their hard work and accomplishments.

Staff Sgt. Cathy Saetern, 940th Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technician, was one of the reservists who were recognized. She was given the opportunity to sit down with the general and tell her about what she does here at Beale.

Saetern is a traditional reservist with a full-time civilian job, but still finds time to lend extra support to her AMDS team during the month. She has been critical to the success of deployment and ongoing mass medical processes for the wing.

After spending some time with the general, Miller gave Saetern one of her commander’s coins and thanked her for her service.

"I feel so honored to have met her," Saetern said. “I'm glad the work I've done didn't go unnoticed. This coin is a token of motivation to keep going and never give up.”