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19th Air Force command team sees the heart of Holloman

Airmen with the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit speak with Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson, 19th AF command chief, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The Airmen spoke about the different contributions they provide to MQ-9 Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Airmen with the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit speak with Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson, 19th AF command chief, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The Airmen spoke about the different contributions they provide to MQ-9 Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills, 19th Air Force commander, flies an MQ-9 simulator with direction from Capt. Christopher, 6th Attack Squadron flight commander, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 16th Attack Squadron uses MQ-9 simulators to train pilots and sensor operators for their field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills, 19th Air Force commander, flies an MQ-9 simulator with direction from Capt. Christopher, 6th Attack Squadron flight commander, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 16th Attack Squadron uses MQ-9 simulators to train pilots and sensor operators for their field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Airmen and spouses involved in the 19th Air Force command team tour, pose for a picture, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen making an impact on the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Airmen and spouses involved in the 19th Air Force command team tour, pose for a picture, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen making an impact on the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Airmen with the 314th Attack Squadron aircrew flight equipment shop speak with the 19th Air Force command team, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen making a positive impact on the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Airmen with the 314th Attack Squadron aircrew flight equipment shop speak with the 19th Air Force command team, Feb. 13, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen making a positive impact on the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, left, 19th Air Force commander, greets a 49th Maintenance Group Airman, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, left, 19th Air Force commander, greets a 49th Maintenance Group Airman, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, is briefed on an R-13 Mobile Refueling Unit by Senior Airman Michael Ricci, 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron preventive maintenance technician, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Ricci fitted an adapter and nozzle on the R-13 to prevent fuel commingling, which is the mixing of two separate products, such as gasoline in an aircraft or jet fuel into diesel vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, is briefed on an R-13 Mobile Refueling Unit by Senior Airman Michael Ricci, 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron preventive maintenance technician, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Ricci fitted an adapter and nozzle on the R-13 to prevent fuel commingling, which is the mixing of two separate products, such as gasoline in an aircraft or jet fuel into diesel vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, speaks during an all-call, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, speaks during an all-call, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, pours a sample into a graduated cylinder, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Staff Sgt. Christopher Schaver, 49th Logistics readiness squadron fuels laboratory noncommissioned officer in charge, showed Wills how to sample jet fuel in order to demonstrate daily operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, pours a sample into a graduated cylinder, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Staff Sgt. Christopher Schaver, 49th Logistics readiness squadron fuels laboratory noncommissioned officer in charge, showed Wills how to sample jet fuel in order to demonstrate daily operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, speaks to 49th Mission Support Squadron Airmen, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, speaks to 49th Mission Support Squadron Airmen, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, talks with 49th Medical Group leadership, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)
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Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, talks with 49th Medical Group leadership, Feb. 14, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 19th AF command team toured 49th Wing facilities, focusing on recognizing Airmen who have made a substantial impact on the Holloman mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The 19th Air Force command team got a first-hand look at how the 49th Wing is building the backbone of combat airpower during a tour here Feb. 13-14, 2020.

Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson, 19th AF command chief, observed Holloman’s daily flying training operations and Airmen who positively impact the mission while producing operationally-ready F-16 Viper and MQ-9 Reaper aircrew. 

The visit also provided wing leaders an opportunity to showcase the best and brightest Airmen, while highlighting the details of the base that enable the optimal aircrew training and make Holloman a positive assignment experience for Airmen and their families.

“In order to do right as an Air Force, we need to have people of exceptional character,” said Wills. “The little choices you make every day become habits and those habits become your character over time.”

The base tour focused on groups, squadrons and individuals. This allowed leadership to emphasize the capability, experience and resiliency cultivated for the total force.

Several squadrons received visits, including the 9th Attack Squadron, 314th Fighter Squadron, and the Logistics Readiness Squadron, where the 19th AF command team recognized Airmen for their diligence.

On the final day of the tour during an all-call, Wills emphasized the importance of the individuals of today’s Air Force.

“Today I want you to remember this, thank you,” said Wills. “Whether you're a blue suiter, contractor, or a civilian, thank you. You have made a commitment to be part of this Air Force, and your families have made a commitment to be part of this Air Force and it truly matters. What you do is important, we wouldn't have the country we have, without people like you.”

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