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Assistant Adjutant General holds commanders workshop

Col. Jason Glass, the Assistant Adjutant General of Tennessee for Air, conducted an air commanders workshop at the 118th Wing in Nashville, Tenn. on July 18, 2018.

Col. Jason Glass, the Assistant Adjutant General of Tennessee for Air, conducted an air commanders workshop at the 118th Wing in Nashville, Tenn. on July 18, 2018.

Nashville, Tenn -- Col. Jason Glass, the Assistant Adjutant General of Tennessee for Air, conducted an air commanders workshop at the 118th Wing in Nashville, Tenn. July 18, 2018.

Attendees of the two-day event included wing commanders, group commanders, geographically separated unit commanders, and command chief master sergeants from the entire state.

"I like to bring in all the leadership so we had all the group commanders, all the GSU commanders, as well as wing commanders here for past couple of days just to make sure we’re all singing off the same sheet of music,” said, Glass, “I lay out my priorities and the direction I want to take the state of Tennessee and our leadership and we come together and discuss it and talk about it. Once we leave we’re all on the same sheet of music and doing the right thing for our airmen across the state.”

Glass feels even though there are challenges associated with the diversity of missions in Tennessee the opportunity exists to turn those challenges into benefits.

“We’re very diverse across the state,” said Glass, “It’s tough. There’s different dynamics at each one of the wings across the state. There’s different makeups. There’s different cultures. It’s really a coming together and, ‘Hey how do we make this the best place for our airmen to operate? How do we make sure they’re trained and equipped to do that?’ We are very diverse but I think that’s a strength as well.”

That sentiment was reinforced by the attendees.

“A big takeaway is what a great job that the state of Tennessee [does] with all three wings,” said Chief Master Sgt Ben Williams, command Chief Master Sgt. for the118th Wing, “We have a very very talented and diverse force.”

Glass used the workshop to discuss the specific goals he has for the state moving forward including future missions, readiness, and sustainability of the force.

“The ATAG presented his vision for future operations in the state of Tennessee,” said Col. Keith Allbritten, commander for the 118th Wing, “He laid out very clear roles and expectations of leadership and the positive direction he wants to take the state. [There was] great collaboration between senior leaders in the Tennessee Air National Guard.”

Glass also wants to make sure that the leadership of the state understands his appreciation for their hard work.

“I always want to thank them for what they do,” said Glass, “They go above and beyond and a lot of them don’t get recognized for it, don’t want the recognition for it, but they do. All of the, officer and enlisted. I am so thankful that we have the group of leaders that we have in the state of Tennessee.”
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