Spacy noted to the Honor Guard the importance of their mission, reminding them that for all the sacrifices service members make throughout their lives, the Honor Guard enables the Air Force to say “thank you” only once and it should be at the same level of dedication, whether services are for a new Airmen or a seasoned general.
Spacy went on to encourage Airmen to take care of one another, as the situations the Honor Guard supports can be both physically and emotionally taxing.
“We just wanted to make him proud because he knows this program and he knows the importance of it,” said Master Sgt. LaDonna Ford, WPAFB Honor Guard superintendent. “He seemed very pleased with what we’re doing and he understands our mission.”
Midway through the tour, Spacy had lunch with Airmen from the 88th Security Forces Squadron and 788th Civil Engineering Squadron. Spacy discussed his “every Airman is a warrior” concept for cross-functional training, where Airmen can support emergency or contingency operations immediately as all would have a baseline of training and the importance of Airmen innovation.
“That would definitely be helpful. It helps us to do our job better, and it looks better on our resume, military or civilian, to be well-rounded and certified in things you need to know and also in things that can help you perform your daily duties,” said Airman 1st Class Dong Quach, 88th Security Forces Squadron entry controller and alarm monitor. “It felt surreal honestly [to have lunch with him]. I’ve never really sat down and talked to a general that used to be a cop that’s “been there, done that” so it felt amazing to pick his brain.”
Spacy expressed his appreciation for the work being done at Wright-Patterson and said he looked forward to assisting in overcoming challenges where he could.