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U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command team meet with 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing Airmen

U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Command Team Visit 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, receives a tour from U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Fleury Valdez, 5th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron Contracting Officer's Representative Superintendent, of a construction site in southwest Asia as part of a two week command visit of the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing. Gordy and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kristopher Berg, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command chief master sergeant, met with the Airmen across the 521st AMOW during the March 2 – 17 visit to see firsthand the work they are doing and gain a better understanding of the importance of their mission. (Courtesy photo)

Gordy visited Spangdahlem to discuss the base mission and goals for the upcoming year

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, meet at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 13, 2019. Gordy visited Spangdahlem to discuss the base mission and goals for the upcoming year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

These patches are added to the wall by all the squadrons that visit the 726th AMS PAX terminal

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, adds a expeditionary center patch to the wall of patches in the 726th Air Mobility Squadron passenger terminal at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 13, 2019. These patches are added to the wall by all the squadrons that visit the 726th AMS PAX terminal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

The 726th AMS is looking to add more area space to the PAX terminal

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shannon Caleb, 726th Air Mobility Squadron commander, middle left, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Anthony Biecheler, 726th AMS passenger services superintendent, right, show the 2021 passenger terminal renovation plans to U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, middle right, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kristopher Berg, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command chief, left, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 13, 2019. The 726th AMS is looking to add more area space to the PAX terminal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, hands a coin to Staff Sgt. Reuben Bowers, 721 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-17 Globemaster crew chief craftsman, for outstanding performance in his unit at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 14, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, hands a coin to Staff Sgt. Reuben Bowers, 721 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-17 Globemaster crew chief craftsman, for outstanding performance in his unit at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 14, 2019. As a dedicated crew chief, Bowers is responsible for managing and supervising maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with maintenance specialties such as fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational for missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, hands a coin to Staff Sgt. Cody Griswold, 721 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron vehicle noncommissioned officer, for outstanding performance in his unit at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 14, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, hands a coin to Staff Sgt. Cody Griswold, 721 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron vehicle noncommissioned officer, for outstanding performance in his unit at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 14, 2019. While touring the units under his command, Gordy recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their duties and displayed professional leadership traits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, hands a coin to Senior Airman Taylor Eide, 721 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic journeyman, for outstanding performance in his unit at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 14, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, hands a coin to Senior Airman Taylor Eide, 721 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic journeyman, for outstanding performance in his unit at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 14, 2019. While touring the units under his command, Gordy recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their duties and displayed professional leadership traits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command team met with the Airmen of the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing during a command visit, March 2 - 17.

The two-week visit allowed U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kristopher Berg, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command chief master sergeant, to see firsthand and speak to the Airmen of the 521st AMOW, and gain a better understanding of the importance of their mission.

“Logistics leads maneuver and the nation depends on the men and women within these air mobility squadrons to move combat capability – airpower, passengers, cargo, and patients – into the fight of today, and to figure out how we’re going to develop lethal mobility Airmen ready for the fight of tomorrow,” said Gordy. “Throughout my travels I saw example after example of Airmen who were innovating on a daily basis and focused on building readiness across the gamut of training and resiliency efforts. We can sometimes take the mobility mission for granted because we make it look so easy, but after standing on the flight line and watching Rapid Global Mobility executed firsthand, I can assure you it only looks easy because of the tireless efforts of the men and women of the 521st AMOW.”

The 521st AMOW consists of more than 2,100 personnel divided into two groups and 10 squadrons, with 22 locations located in 12 countries. The wing exists to provide the Global Air Mobility Support System with the reach, agility, and flexibility to respond quickly in support of evolving national security objectives. Each squadron serves as a critical node within the eastern en route system, providing Air Mobility Command and U.S. Transportation Command with flexible options for combatant commanders to meet warfighter objectives.

“We invited Gen Gordy and Chief Berg out to visit our squadrons for two simple reasons: to show them how the wing is crushing the mission each and every day, and to show off the talented Airmen – enlisted, officers, civilians, and local nationals – that make the mission happen,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Brad Spears, 521 AMOW commander.

During the trip, Gordy and Berg visited nine squadrons and had an opportunity to see how the Airmen within the wing provide command and control, aerial port, aircraft maintenance, expeditionary aircrew support, and aeromedical evacuation capabilities for air mobility missions in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia.     

"It was great to have an opportunity to sit down and talk with [Gordy and Berg]," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Hartson, 521st AMOW, chief of Wing personnel policy and programs. "They emphasized the importance of staying true to yourself as a leader and never passing up an opportunity to mentor up, down, and laterally across the chain of command. The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command team is focused on empowering with the resources we need to continue to be successful."

“Everywhere we went we met amazing Airmen that had a positive attitude about the job they were doing, and their contribution to the mission,” said Berg. “The power of that positivity leaves a lasting effect on everything it touches, and serves as a testament to the incredible leadership teams that are developing these world-class Airmen. There’s a bright future ahead for the Airmen of the 521st AMOW.”

The 521st AMOW is one of two air mobility operations wings in the U.S. Air Force and falls under the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, which has oversight for global en route support operations, and is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced mobility and combat support training and education.