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NEWS | Jan. 23, 2018

AMC commander visits Joint Base Charleston

By Airman 1st Class Joshua Maund Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart, commander of Air Mobility Command, visited Joint Base Charleston January 16 through 19 to address and learn from the Airmen of the 628th Air Base Wing, 437th Airlift Wing and their joint mission partners.

Events included an Airmen’s breakfast, a tour of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command and Naval Weapons Station. He also conducted an All Call where he addressed the troops and presented the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award to the 628th ABW and the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award to the 437th AW.

“Charleston is an installation I can always depend on,” said Everhart. “It takes a lot of hard work to receive the recognition that you all have as a base.”

The 437th AW was recognized for its critical support of worldwide operations such as Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve. During these evolutions, they airlifted 33 percent of AMC’s C-17 requirements with a 93 percent logistics departure reliability time. Additionally, the 437th AW conducted 12 combat airdrops delivering 907,000 pounds of cargo, which directly supported war-fighters in Iraq and Syria. The 628th ABW was recognized for its support of the Air Force’s largest C-17 wing, NNPTU and the Army’s 841st Transportation Battalion.

These accomplishments showcased AMC’s strategic objectives to execute and sustain rapid global mobility, support the zero-fail nuclear mission, and maintain readiness and sustainment.

“When I come to a base, I like to take the pulse,” said Everhart. “Between all the mission partners at Joint Base Charleston, I can tell the energy is strong here. Charleston, in my opinion, is one of the crown jewels of AMC.”

While at the base, Everhart met with Airmen of all levels, enlisted and officer. During the Airmen’s Breakfast at the Charleston Club, Airmen were encouraged to voice their perspectives.

“It was good to see a general so open to the suggestions of the junior enlisted,” said Airman 1st Class Samuel Tyler, 628th ABW executive support staff. “It was easier to voice our ideas and opinions because of how personable he is.”

Everhart emphasized the importance of readiness and innovation during his All Call address at the base theater. He shared previous examples of how AMC and its Airmen have prepared for and made imaginative strides to propel global mobility.

Everhart closed his address with a commitment to continue supporting fellow Airmen.

“We are really getting after it in terms of readiness,” said Everhart. “I do my best to make sure you as Airmen have the tools and funding you need to carry out the mission.”