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By Charles Pope, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
/ Published March 03, 2022
Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., participate in a fireside chat during the Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., March 3, 2022. Brown and Raymond discussed the role Airmen and Guardians play in the pacing challenge and force modernization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elora J. McCutcheon)
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, often point out that while each service is independent, the Air and Space Forces are designed to work seamlessly and side-by-side to enhance the capabilities of each in protecting the nation’s security and interests.
That rhetorical truism was literally brought to life March 3 when Brown and Raymond took part together – shoulder to shoulder in fact – in a cordial “fireside chat” before a large and influential audience of Airmen, Guardians, industry and elected officials at the Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium.
In a 45-minute session moderated by former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper, both Brown and Raymond offered frank assessments of their service’s current status, the challenges each service faces, how each is building and changing for the future and, importantly, how the Air and Space Forces complement each other in those efforts.