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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., poses for a photo with members of the 412th Test Wing during his visit to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., March 31, 2021. During his visit, Brown met with wing leadership and was briefed on the ongoing test missions on the base.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., poses for a photo with members of the 412th Test Wing during his visit to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., March 31, 2021. During his visit, Brown met with wing leadership and was briefed on the ongoing test missions on the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Giancarlo Casem)

Mrs. Sharene Brown, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., rides a Spin scooter at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., April 1, 2021. The scooters are the first off-grid, solar-powered scooter share program in the Defense Department and is the result of the base's SparkED Innovation program.

Mrs. Sharene Brown, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., rides a Spin scooter at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., April 1, 2021. The scooters are the first off-grid, solar-powered scooter share program in the Defense Department and is the result of the base's SparkED Innovation program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Miller)

Airman Stephany Rayas-Calderon, 412th Comptroller Squadron, takes a selfie with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., during his visit to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., March 31, 2021.

Airman Stephany Rayas-Calderon, 412th Comptroller Squadron, takes a selfie with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., during his visit to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., March 31, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Giancarlo Casem)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) --

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and his wife, Sharene Brown, visited Edwards Air Force Base, March 30 – April 1.

Brown met the Airmen, civilians and family members of Edwards AFB and the 412th Test Wing. The wing oversees base day-to-day operations and provides support for over 10,000 military, federal civilian and contract personnel assigned to a 481 square mile installation.

“The important test work done at Edwards (AFB) by the diverse team of Airmen, civilians and contractors is truly outstanding,” Brown said. “Edwards (AFB) has a long history of breakthroughs and that continues to this day.”

As part of the Air Force Test Center enterprise, the 412th Test Wing plans, conducts, analyzes, and reports on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software and components as well as modeling and simulation for the U.S. Air Force.

Brown explained during his time in service, he has personally seen first-hand the technological advancements tested at Edwards AFB.

“The thing that impresses me the most at Edwards (AFB) is the teamwork I see here,” he said. “In order to accelerate the change we need in the Air Force, Team Edwards understands that no one can do this alone – breaking barriers in the test world is a team sport.”

While Gen. Brown met with base leadership, Mrs. Brown met with Edwards AFB spouses to discuss quality-of-life issues. She also participated in the Month of the Military Child proclamation signing at the Child Development Center.

During his visit, Brown met with wing leadership and was briefed on the ongoing test missions on the base. Commanders and engineers alike talked about the challenges their teams have faced in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From scheduling challenges and social distancing safety protocols, Edwards AFB personnel were able to think outside the box and accomplish the mission. Brown explained the test plays an integral role in his charge of “Accelerate Change or Lose.”

“The role that the wing and test center plays is an important one in accelerating the change we need for the Air Force,” Brown said.

Brown also said before giving our warfighters the tools to fight our nation’s wars, we have to make sure they are tested and are the best we can provide them.