3rd Air Force commander: balance work and life

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, speaks to Airmen at a commander’s call during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Clark emphasized the importance of finding a balance between caring for family and completing the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, speaks to Airmen at a commander’s call during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Clark emphasized the importance of finding a balance between caring for family and completing the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, speaks to Airmen at a commander’s call during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. The wing consists of over 1,500 personnel divided into four groups and 11 squadrons with 19 geographically separated units located across 14 sites. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, speaks to Airmen at a commander’s call during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. The wing consists of over 1,500 personnel divided into four groups and 11 squadrons with 19 geographically separated units located across 14 sites. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Leaders from the 3rd Air Force, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, and their spouses ride in Humvees during an immersion tour of the 435 AGOW at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, participated in the tour to learn more about the wing’s mission, as he had recently assumed command in October 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Leaders from the 3rd Air Force, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, and their spouses ride in Humvees during an immersion tour of the 435 AGOW at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, participated in the tour to learn more about the wing’s mission, as he had recently assumed command in October 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Master Sgt. Joshua Wisnewski, 7th Weather Squadron NCO in charge of training, briefs Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief, about weather equipment during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Clark, Easton, and their spouses toured squadrons within the 4th Air Support Operations Group, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, and 435th Contingency Response Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Master Sgt. Joshua Wisnewski, 7th Weather Squadron NCO in charge of training, briefs Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief, about weather equipment during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Clark, Easton, and their spouses toured squadrons within the 4th Air Support Operations Group, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, and 435th Contingency Response Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief, receive a brief from Staff Sgt. McKenzie Lauber, 1st Combat Communications Squadron combat readiness instructor, during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Clark and Easton toured squadrons within the wing’s three local groups, ate lunch with several 435 AGOW Airmen, and spoke at a commander’s call during the tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief, receive a brief from Staff Sgt. McKenzie Lauber, 1st Combat Communications Squadron combat readiness instructor, during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. Clark and Easton toured squadrons within the wing’s three local groups, ate lunch with several 435 AGOW Airmen, and spoke at a commander’s call during the tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, eats lunch with Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing during an immersion tour at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. The purpose of the tour was to provide a venue for Clark to witness the 435 AGOW’s mission firsthand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, eats lunch with Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing during an immersion tour at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. The purpose of the tour was to provide a venue for Clark to witness the 435 AGOW’s mission firsthand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Col. Andra V.P. Kniep, right, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing commander, and other leaders salute the arrival of Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, for an immersion tour of the 435 AGOW at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. The purpose of the tour was to showcase the wing’s capabilities to Clark, who assumed command of the 3rd Air Force in October 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Col. Andra V.P. Kniep, right, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing commander, and other leaders salute the arrival of Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, for an immersion tour of the 435 AGOW at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. The purpose of the tour was to showcase the wing’s capabilities to Clark, who assumed command of the 3rd Air Force in October 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, learns about equipment used by the 435th Construction and Training Squadron from Senior Airman Andrew Wiegand, 435 CTS aircraft arresting system maintenance technician, during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3 2017. The tour featured displays from squadrons within the 4th Air Support Operations Group, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, and 435th Contingency Response Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, learns about equipment used by the 435th Construction and Training Squadron from Senior Airman Andrew Wiegand, 435 CTS aircraft arresting system maintenance technician, during an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 3 2017. The tour featured displays from squadrons within the 4th Air Support Operations Group, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, and 435th Contingency Response Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief and former 3rd Air Force command chief, participated in an immersion tour of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing Feb. 3.

During the tour, they reminded Airmen to balance their priorities across work and their personal lives.

Clark and Easton spoke in terms of their command priorities, which are executing the mission, inspiring Airmen, and taking care of families.

“Those are the three priorities the chief and I think are key and critical,” said Clark. “Not in any particular order, we need to find that balance. Strike that balance between those priorities every day, make that conscious effort.”

The immersion tour began with a mission brief by Col. Andra V.P. Kniep, 435 AGOW commander, where she broke down each group and what they do. The group commanders, 435 AGOW command chief, and several spouses also attended the meeting.

After the brief, Clark and Easton toured the wing headquarters building, as well as displays from individual squadrons within the 4th Air Support Operations Group, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, and 435th Contingency Response Group. They also ate lunch with several 435 AGOW Airmen.

“What these Airmen do is tough, but to see the motivation, the smiles on their faces, and how proud they are of what they do is simply amazing,” Easton said. “We appreciate what these guys do each and every day.”

“Everybody in this room contributes to the overall purpose of keeping the enemy from having an impact on what we all have taken an oath to support and defend, and that’s the Constitution,” Clark said during the day’s commander’s call. “It’s not about a single person; it is about the ideas and ideals that make our country great.”

Both Clark and Easton encouraged the Airmen to understand how what they do every day impacts the overall Air Force mission and they coined Airmen throughout the tour and at the commander’s call to thank them for their hard work.

“It has been an honor to see the motivation and the leadership within this organization,” Easton said. “If I leave you with one thing, it’s to stay balanced, take care of your family, and you will have a successful career.”

Clark assumed command of the 3rd Air Force in October 2016, and the immersion tour provided a venue for him to see the 435 AGOW mission firsthand.

“Chief Easton and I have been wowed by the 435 AGOW mission today,” Clark said. “Thank you to you and your families for the sacrifices you make for this mission. It wouldn’t happen without your commitment, dedication, and understanding of the greater purpose.”

The 435 AGOW consists of more than 1,500 personnel divided into four groups and 11 squadrons with 19 geographically separated units located across 14 sites.