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AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost (right), Air Mobility Command commander, speaks to Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 28, 2021. This meeting was a part of the “GO Inspire” program, which connects top ranking Airmen and Guardians to motivate and recruit high-quality youth to help drive change in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost (center), Air Mobility Command commander, speaks to Airmen during a roundtable discussion about diversity and inclusion at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 27, 2021. The AMC command team visited MacDill for two days to share the vision and importance of accelerating change, diversity and inclusion, along with rapid global mobility for the Joint Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost (right), Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick (left), AMC command chief, take a selfie with two 6th Security Forces Squaron defenders after they demonstrated the new female body armor at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 27, 2021. The AMC command team spent two days touring MacDill to communicate the increasing importance of rapid global mobility, not only for the nation, but the entire Joint Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick (right), Air Mobility Command command chief, tightens bolts on a tire for a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a tour of MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021. The AMC command team visited MacDill for two days to share the vision and importance of accelerating change, diversity and inclusion, along with rapid global mobility for the Joint Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, looks inside a KC-135 Stratotanker during a tour of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 28, 2021. During her visit to the 6th Maintenance Group, Van Ovost was shown the innovative efforts made and recognized at the Headquarters Air Force level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, helps fix a part while Staff Sgt. John Cuttito, 6th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsmen, explains innovative efforts made within the 6th Maintenance Group at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 28, 2021. The AMC command team visited MacDill for two days to share the vision and importance of accelerating change, diversity and inclusion, along with rapid global mobility for the Joint Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, speaks with local students from Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School before their Aviation Inspiration Mentorship program (AIM High) flight at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 28, 2021. AIM High is a program used to recruit highly motivated, talented, innovative and diverse students to strengthen the future of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

AMC Command Team Visits MacDill Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander, speaks to pilots during a “hangar talk” at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 27, 2021. The AMC command team visited MacDill for two days to share the vision and importance of accelerating change, diversity and inclusion, along with rapid global mobility for the Joint Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Perdue)

Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, the Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander, bids farewell to, Col. Benjamin Jonsson, the 6th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Shae Gee, the 6th ARW command chief, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28 2021.

Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, the Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander, bids farewell to, Col. Benjamin Jonsson, the 6th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Shae Gee, the 6th ARW command chief, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28 2021. Van Ovost visited various squadrons and learned about how MacDill is generating full spectrum readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hiram Martinez)

Air Mobility Command (AMC) Commander, Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, and AMC Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, speak to Airmen from the 6th Medical Group during their visit to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021.
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Air Mobility Command (AMC) Commander, Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, and AMC Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, speak to Airmen from the 6th Medical Group during their visit to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021. Van Ovost and Kruzelnick were briefed and toured through MacDill’s point of dispensing (POD) for COVID-19 vaccines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hiram Martinez)

Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, the Air Mobility Command commander, speaks to 6th Medical Group Airmen during her visit to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021.
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Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, the Air Mobility Command commander, speaks to 6th Medical Group Airmen during her visit to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021. Van Ovost experienced MacDill’s point of dispensing (POD) for COVID-19 vaccines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hiram Martinez)

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, the Air Mobility Command (AMC) command chief, speaks during a commander’s call at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021.
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Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, the Air Mobility Command (AMC) command chief, speaks during a commander’s call at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021. Kruzelnick spoke about the role each Airman has within AMC, and how vital they are for achieving success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hiram Martinez)

Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, the Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander speaks during a commander's call at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021.
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Gen. Jaqueline Van Ovost, the Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander speaks during a commander's call at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 28, 2021. Van Ovost spoke to the Airmen about how essential AMC is to the Air Force and the importance of Full Spectrum Readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hiram Martinez)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Team MacDill welcomed Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, for a base tour April 27-29, 2021.

This tour showcased how the 6th Air Refueling Wing and MacDill play an integral role in delivering rapid global mobility, not only for the nation, but for the total Joint Force.

“When we came into command at AMC, we looked at what the command was doing with respect to competition and accelerating change,” said Van Ovost. “Right now, we are focusing on developing the force and advancing our warfighting capabilities. Those two key pieces are going to allow us to generate that full spectrum readiness and the credible capacity necessary to project the joint force and ensure strategic deterrence. Both things are done here in spades at MacDill Air Force Base.”

Throughout the two-day visit, Van Ovost and Kruzelnick witnessed first-hand how Team MacDill is accelerating change.

The AMC command team visited the 6th Security Forces Squadron, the 6th Communications Squadron and the 6th Maintenance Group, where they learned about the modern technology used to keep the base safe and the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft flying.

Van Ovost also met with Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets, pilots and some of the outstanding Airmen here in a push to recruit and diversify the future of the Air Force

“I previously watched her in a news interview and we both hate being told no,” said Senior Airman Malachi Greman, 50th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator. “Her motivation and drive inspires me to follow in her footsteps. Gen. Van Ovost is by far one of the most inspirational leaders I have met in my Air Force career.”

Diversity among the force is the single greatest advantage in advancing warfighting capabilities, and Van Ovost and Kruzelnick made sure MacDill Airmen knew just how important their role is – more now than ever.

“Here at MacDill Air Force Base, we have seen ‘accelerate change’ in motion and that momentum is important,” Van Ovost said. “The Airmen here are being aggressive, they’re being competitive, and they’re thinking about doing things different ways. They are accelerating change, it’s exciting to see and it’s spreading like wildfire.”