Welsh, Cody visit with 138th Airmen

Col.  David B. Burgy, 138th Fighter Wing commander, greets Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, during his visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014.  Welsh and his wife, Betty, along with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, Athena, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Col. David B. Burgy, 138th Fighter Wing commander, greets Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, during his visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014. Welsh and his wife, Betty, along with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, Athena, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit. (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks with pilots of the 125th Fighter Squadron at a town hall meeting during his visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014.  Welsh and his wife, Betty, along with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, Athena, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt.  Mark A. Moore/Released)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks with pilots of the 125th Fighter Squadron at a town hall meeting during his visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014. Welsh and his wife, Betty, along with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, Athena, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks with pilots of the 125th Fighter Squadron at a town hall meeting, during his visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014.  Welsh and his wife, Betty, along with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, Athena, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt.  Mark A. Moore/Released)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks with pilots of the 125th Fighter Squadron at a town hall meeting, during his visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014. Welsh and his wife, Betty, along with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, Athena, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody, speaks with Airmen from 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, during his visit, March 7,  2014.  Cody and his wife Athena, along with Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody, speaks with Airmen from 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, during his visit, March 7, 2014. Cody and his wife Athena, along with Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit. (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody, speaks with Airmen from 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7,  2014.  Cody and his wife Athena, along with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody, speaks with Airmen from 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014. Cody and his wife Athena, along with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit. (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody receives a token of appreciation from 138th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Tom Payne, during his  visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014.  Cody and his wife Athena, along with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody receives a token of appreciation from 138th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Tom Payne, during his visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014. Cody and his wife Athena, along with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, held an Airman’s Call and luncheon during their visit. (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Mrs. Betty Welsh and Mrs. Athena Cody host a round table discussion with various family and support organizations, during their visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014.  Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody joined their spouses, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody during the visit to meet and say thank you to the Airmen and families of the 138th FW.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Amber Hardison/Released)

Mrs. Betty Welsh and Mrs. Athena Cody host a round table discussion with various family and support organizations, during their visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014. Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody joined their spouses, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody during the visit to meet and say thank you to the Airmen and families of the 138th FW. (U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Amber Hardison/Released)

Mrs. Betty Welsh and Mrs. Athena Cody host a round table discussion with various family and support organizations, during their visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014.  Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody joined their spouses, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody during the visit to meet and say thank you to the Airmen and families of the 138th FW.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Amber Hardison/Released)

Mrs. Betty Welsh and Mrs. Athena Cody host a round table discussion with various family and support organizations, during their visit to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard, March 7, 2014. Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody joined their spouses, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody during the visit to meet and say thank you to the Airmen and families of the 138th FW. (U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Amber Hardison/Released)

Oklahoma Air National Guard, Tulsa Okla. -- TULSA, Okla. - Airmen from the 138th Fighter Wing, hosted Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III today for a welcomed appearance at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.
Welsh and his wife, Betty, were accompanied by the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody and his wife, Athena.

Welsh spoke to the Airmen about the direction the Air Force will be posturing post sequestration.

During his all-call, he focused on the need to "use common sense, communicate better and care more" in order to be a more effective Total Force.

Welsh said he's "an advocate for every Airman," and offered the idea of redefining "ourselves" in order to better accomplish the mission.

During the brief visit, Welsh and Cody met with wing leadership and Airmen from across the wing, while Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody met with spouses and support agencies to gain understanding of the morale and climate of Air Force families.

Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody entertained questions and discussion in order to better understand their challenges so that they may overcome endeavors in the future. Mrs. Welsh had a direct interest in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and how agencies can assist those with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Other honorary guests included Lt Gen (Ret.) Harry M. Wyatt III, Brig Gen Gregory Ferguson, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine.