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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, right, and Tech. Sgt. Renee Benningfield, 374th Medical Group NCO in charge of medical services, pose for a photo at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Benningfield received a coin from Bass for her part in executing the local COVID-19 vaccine plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, right, and Tech. Sgt. Renee Benningfield, 374th Medical Group NCO in charge of medical services, pose for a photo at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Benningfield received a coin from Bass for her part in executing the local COVID-19 vaccine plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Airmen from the 374th Airlift Wing present a parting gift to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Bass embodies the highest enlisted level of leadership and provides direction by representing Airmen's interests to the American public and the U.S. government. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Airmen from the 374th Airlift Wing present a parting gift to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Bass embodies the highest enlisted level of leadership and provides direction by representing Airmen's interests to the American public and the U.S. government. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass visits the 374th Operations Support Squadron for an Agile Combat Employment demonstration at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. During her visit, Bass spent two days with Yokota's Airmen, discussing the vital role Yokota plays in maintaining regional security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass visits the 374th Operations Support Squadron for an Agile Combat Employment demonstration at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. During her visit, Bass spent two days with Yokota's Airmen, discussing the vital role Yokota plays in maintaining regional security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass poses with 374th Medical Group Airmen for a photo at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Bass's visit allowed her to speak with Yokota's Airmen and families and see base mission capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass poses with 374th Medical Group Airmen for a photo at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Bass's visit allowed her to speak with Yokota's Airmen and families and see base mission capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass tours the 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. The tour provided Bass the opportunity to meet the Airmen of the 374 MDG while learning about the clinic's day-to-day operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass tours the 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. The tour provided Bass the opportunity to meet the Airmen of the 374 MDG while learning about the clinic's day-to-day operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass tours the dorms at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Bass visited the facilities to gain a better understanding of what is available to Airmen assigned to Yokota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass tours the dorms at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. Bass visited the facilities to gain a better understanding of what is available to Airmen assigned to Yokota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass poses with 374th Airlift Wing Airmen for a photo at the Enlisted Club at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. The Airmen participated in a junior enlisted professional development breakfast with Bass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass poses with 374th Airlift Wing Airmen for a photo at the Enlisted Club at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 26, 2021. The Airmen participated in a junior enlisted professional development breakfast with Bass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass visited Yokota for a two-day immersion Aug. 27 and 28.

Bass kicked off the tour with an enlisted all call, where she spoke about some of her priorities and expectations.

“Where is my focus?” asked Bass. “People, culture and the readiness that we have. The one advantage we have against anyone who wants to compete against us, is our people. It’s not an F-35, it’s not a C-130 out there - it’s you.

“Your service matters. I don’t care if you only serve four years or six years. I’m good if you only do one enlistment. All I ask, is that you move the ball and make our Air Force better.”

During the all call, she answered questions from the audience that included transgender policy, bereavement leave and individualism verses the unit.

“I’m concerned about our leadership development,” she said. “We’ve been focused on that this past year. You all will see us roll out an enlisted force development plan this fall. Every Airman needs to have a foundation about what’s going on in the Air Force, and where they fit in.”

On her tour, Bass visited with leadership from U.S. Forces Japan, the 374th Airlift Wing and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Air Defense Command. She also toured several facilities that highlight the importance of Yokota as a transportation hub and how the Airmen contribute to the mission.

“We have a very different problem set than when I came in,” Bass said. “We are half the size we were. We have threats that are global. In additional to air, land and sea, we better be proficient in information, cyber and space.

“If you are sitting in this room, wearing this uniform, you are part of the one percent who raised their hand and said they’ll serve. Thank you for being a part of that one percent. It’s an honor to serve with you guys.”

The event marked Bass’s first time visiting Yokota as chief master sergeant of the Air Force and was her second stop as part of a larger Pacific Air Forces tour.