HomeNewsArticle Display

AMC/CC visits JBLM, focuses on readiness

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, moves C-17 Globemaster III into pre-contact position during an air refueling near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart visited JBLM to witness full-spectrum readiness in action during Team McChord’s Exercise Winterhook. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, moves C-17 Globemaster III into pre-contact position during an air refueling near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart visited JBLM to witness full-spectrum readiness in action during Team McChord’s Exercise Winterhook. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Airmen assigned to 62nd Airlift Wing and 627th Air Base Group load a C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise Winterhook at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. During the exercise, Team McChord Airmen were tested and evaluated on their ability to properly wear mission oriented protective posture gear, perform their day-to-day duties and administer self-aid and buddy care during a simulated chemical threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Airmen assigned to 62nd Airlift Wing and 627th Air Base Group load a C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise Winterhook at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. During the exercise, Team McChord Airmen were tested and evaluated on their ability to properly wear mission oriented protective posture gear, perform their day-to-day duties and administer self-aid and buddy care during a simulated chemical threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, pilots a C-17 Globemaster III near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart flew the aircraft during his visit to JBLM where he also saw what Team McChord Airmen are made of during an operational readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, pilots a C-17 Globemaster III near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart flew the aircraft during his visit to JBLM where he also saw what Team McChord Airmen are made of during an operational readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, pilots a C-17 Globemaster III near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart flew the aircraft during his visit to JBLM to see what Team McChord is made of during an exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, pilots a C-17 Globemaster III near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart flew the aircraft during his visit to JBLM to see what Team McChord is made of during an exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, moves C-17 Globemaster III into pre-contact position during an air refueling near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. The C-17 is what gives McChord Field its capability for readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, moves C-17 Globemaster III into pre-contact position during an air refueling near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. The C-17 is what gives McChord Field its capability for readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, meets 1st Lt. John Dewilder, 4th Airlift Squadron pilot, while greeting the C-17 Globemaster III crew of a C-17 Globemaster III he would be flying with at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart visited JBLM to witness full-spectrum readiness in action during Team McChord’s Exercise Winterhook. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, meets 1st Lt. John Dewilder, 4th Airlift Squadron pilot, while greeting the C-17 Globemaster III crew of a C-17 Globemaster III he would be flying with at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 25, 2018. Everhart visited JBLM to witness full-spectrum readiness in action during Team McChord’s Exercise Winterhook. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh) (Portions of this image were obscured for security reasons)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash --

The commander of Air Mobility Command visited McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Jan. 25 and witnessed full-spectrum readiness in action.

According to Gen. Carlton Everhart II, full-spectrum readiness describes the way the Air Force maintains the skills and knowledge required to deploy quickly and operate effectively in a full range of combat environments.

Readiness and enabling warfighter lethality is a primary focus for AMC, and that was on display as Team McChord held operational readiness exercise Winterhook, Jan. 22-26.

“Being fully ready is a perishable skill,” said Everhart. “It’s critically important for Airmen to practice things like loading airplanes and to experience simulated chemical or biologically contaminated environments. Challenging scenarios ensure our Airmen are prepared, confident, and able to generate airplanes and get them out the door in any environment. ”

Everhart said he was impressed by the way the readiness scenarios generated questions from exercise participants. The general stressed the importance of asking if the way they are doing things is the best way, or if there are better ways of completing the task.

Exercises like Winterhook are designed to progressively build up skills to include ability to survive and operate in mission oriented protective posture gear.

"The wing has extremely capable Airmen," said Col. Steve Snelson, 62nd Airlift Wing, vice commander. "Our roadmap to readiness ensures each of them will not only survive in austere environments, but thrive. When a C-17 lands on a far flung airstrip or screams across a remote drop zone, our service members, allies and adversaries alike know that aircraft represents the strength and resolve of the United States."

Because of JBLM’s location and mission, readiness is of particular importance. The C-17 Globemaster III is the aircraft that gives McChord Field its capability.

“When you’ve got a capable platform such as Joint Base Lewis-McChord all you have to do is turn and ask and it gets done,” said Everhart. “That’s a powerful tool for our nation.”

Ready Airmen and joint mission partners operating seamlessly together, leveraging a strategic location in the state of Washington, significantly enhances the rapid global mobility posture.

“You’re talking about a base that’s literally at the epicenter of what can happen if any events occur in the Pacific,” said Everhart. “Power projection comes right out of this base.”

The Pacific, however, isn’t the only location of interest to AMC.

“With all of our mobility bases and with the mobility Air Forces as a whole we know the globe is our area of responsibility,” said Everhart. “That’s why it’s essential to practice our skills constantly; so we continue to be ready to fight tonight. I can tell you, as I see our mobility Airmen like those here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord at work practicing full-spectrum readiness, I don’t worry about our ability to carry out the mobility mission at all.”