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Air Force Expeditionary Center commander visits 521st AMOW units

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 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)

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U. S. Air Force Maj. General John Gordy, U. S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, and U. S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kristopher Berg, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command chief master sergeant, concluded a two week visit to the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, visiting nine squadrons located on installations across Europe and southwest Asia.


“It’s was evident from our visit that the Airmen, civilians, and local nationals in this wing are extremely capable at executing the mission,” said Gordy. “It’s easy to take the Global Air Mobility Support System for granted because the 521 AMOW makes it look so easy but the truth is, it’s really hard work.”


Gordy and Berg witnessed the mobility mission in action, received hands-on demonstrations of innovative programs the Wing has developed and were able to honor outstanding Airmen for their work. They were also able to visit with several host nation and key installation leadership teams to thank them for their support of the Air Mobility Command mission.


“It was important for Maj Gen Gordy and Chief Berg to see first-hand the impact of AMC Airmen executing the Air Mobility Command mission across the EUCOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM theaters with amazing precision,” said U. S. Air Force Col. Brad Spears, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing commander. “More importantly, it provided an opportunity to highlight the motivated and innovative Airmen in this wing that project Rapid Global Mobility on a daily basis, seeing and hearing the challenges they face in their own words”


The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the foundation of rapid global mobility providing contingency response operations, global enroute operations, joint basing and installation support, and expeditionary education and training.


The two groups, 10 squadrons, two detachments, and seven operating locations that comprise the 521st AMOW are a vital part of the global air mobility support system. Providing command and control, aerial port, aircraft maintenance, expeditionary aircrew support, and aeromedical evacuation capabilities, Airmen in 12 countries and 22 locations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East embody the Wing’s motto of “Flexibility, Tenacity, and Velocity” 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.