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CENTCOM commander visits deployed Airmen and Soldiers

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, debarks an F-15E Strike Eagle at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. The general visited with Airmen and soldiers to see about the on-going operations in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, debarks an F-15E Strike Eagle at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. The general visited with Airmen and soldiers to see the on-going operations in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, receives a brief from Capt. Sheppard, 389th Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in-charge, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. The general is the commander of all down-range operations in the 20-country inclusive central region in the Middle East. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, receives a brief from Capt. Sheppard, 389th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in-charge, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. The general is the commander of all down-range operations in the 20-country inclusive central region in the Middle East. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, speaks with Spc. Alan Torres, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment Able Battery, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Torres was coined by the general for outstanding performance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, speaks with Spc. Alan Torres, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment Able Battery, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Torres was coined by the general for outstanding performance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, speaks with Capt. Richard Ramos, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment Able Battery commander, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Ramos explained the mission and current operations of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, speaks with Capt. Richard Ramos, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment Able Battery commander, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 23, 2017. Ramos explained the mission and current operations of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams)

SOUTHWEST ASIA --

Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, visited Airmen and Soldiers, receiving a first-hand look at the operational mission at one of the bases in his area of responsibility in the region, Feb. 23.

The general received an in-depth mission brief from units in the  U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army and spoke with the members supporting and executing the fight against ISIS.

The CENTCOM leader held a commander’s call, thanking the service members for their contribution to the fight and answered questions from the audience.

Votel also stressed the importance of the support element from service members not on the front lines of the fight in Iraq and Syria.