Goodfellow welcomes Maj. Gen. Leahy

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, speaks with squadron commanders at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017. Leahy took the opportunity of the lunch to discuss concerns and hopes of the different squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, speaks with squadron commanders at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017. Leahy took the opportunity of the lunch to discuss concerns and hopes of the different squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, gets breakfast before a question and answer with 17th Training Wing Airmen at the Western Winds Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 3, 2017.  The Airmen in attendance were tasked with being ready to ask Leahy any questions they had, along with answering their questions Leahy spoke about lessons that he has learned in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, gets breakfast before a question and answer with 17th Training Wing Airmen at the Western Winds Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 3, 2017. The Airmen in attendance were tasked with being ready to ask Leahy any questions they had, along with answering their questions Leahy spoke about lessons that he has learned in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, speaks before a group of instructors in the Consolidated Learning Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 3, 2017. Leahy spoke on manning problems in the Air Force and opened the floor for questions that the instructors had. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, speaks before a group of instructors in the Consolidated Learning Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 3, 2017. Leahy spoke on manning problems in the Air Force and opened the floor for questions that the instructors had. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Joseph McKenna, Communication Squadron officer in charge, and Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, greet Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander at Mathis Field airport in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 1, 2017. Leahy was visiting all Air Education and Training Command bases which included a three day visit to Goodfellow Air Force Base.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Joseph McKenna, Communication Squadron officer in charge, and Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, greet Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander at Mathis Field airport in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 1, 2017. Leahy was visiting all Air Education and Training Command bases which included a three day visit to Goodfellow Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander repels down a building during his tour of the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017. Along with learning how to repel, trainees are taught proper form in rescuing injured individuals. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander repels down a building during his tour of the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017. Along with learning how to repel, trainees are taught proper form in rescuing injured individuals. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tanner Derosier, 312 Training Squadron instructor, explains a demonstration to Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander and Lt. Col. Scott Cline, 312th Training Squadron commander, at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017.  Trainees are put through a controlled fire so that they get the experience they need to save lives. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tanner Derosier, 312 Training Squadron instructor, explains a demonstration to Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander and Lt. Col. Scott Cline, 312th Training Squadron commander, at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017. Trainees are put through a controlled fire so that they get the experience they need to save lives. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, visited Goodfellow, while on tour of Air Education and Training Command bases, his three day tour provided getting a taste of its history, heritage and day-to-day operations.

His tour featured a fleeting glance at nearly every operational function of the base, from firefighting, to the intelligence school houses, the medical group, and the mission support group. The tour didn’t just stay on base. Off base, he met San Angelo’s city leaders, who went out of their way to greet him, joining him for dinner at a local restaurant.

But between visits, Leahy had a sit-down with military training leaders to talk about his experiences, what he expects from them and, generally, the direction he wants to take 2AF.

He started the talk on mentoring, and how his first mentors were the noncommissioned officers he interacted with.

"I was fortunate, as a young Lieutenant, to have worked alongside great NCOs who taught me practical examples of leadership, lesson number one: take care of your NCOs, and they'll take care of you," said Leahy. "Lesson number two: Take care of your people and they will take care of the mission, I have never forgotten these lessons."

Leahy also brought up how our forces are undermanned, that we don’t have enough Airmen, resulting in less supervision, which makes an environment for ‘bad apples’ to crop up and flourish without anyone to stop or correct them.

"Manpower is the most critical asset we have," said Leahy. "If you don't train these young Airmen, and grow them effectively to become your replacements, you're hurting yourself and the Air Force."

 "We should give guidance and let some people innovate inside that left and right limit.  We need people to be NCOs, to be commanders, as opposed to the idea that no one has the ability to innovate and exercise their common sense and good judgment.  You need you to get out from behind your desk and execute some eyeball to eyeball leadership."