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AFCENT Command Chief visits 407th AEG: Red Tails executing the mission

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Andy M. Kin
  • 407th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- U.S. Air Forces Central Command Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Montgomery, visited the 407th Air Expeditionary Group Aug. 2, 2017 in Southwest Asia.

Montgomery was greeted by Col. John Gonzales, 407th AEG commander and Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Grider, 407th AEG superintendent. The visit was to talk to Airmen face-to-face and discuss their roles in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Montgomery also toured our coalition partner’s compounds.

“This base is absolutely crucial to what we’re doing in Iraq and Syria to kill ISIS,” said Montgomery. “It’s important you stay focused and ready to accomplish the mission in support of the warfighter.”

Montgomery visited Airmen from the 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, where he met with vehicle maintenance technicians and power production technicians as they discussed current projects and overall morale of the unit.

Chief was able to highlight individuals like Senior Airman James Hajek, a firetruck maintenance technician and presented him with a coin for his outstanding performance while being deployed.

“It was awesome to have the Chief see what we do and share stories about my family and where I’m from,” said Hajek.

Montgomery followed up with lunch at the dining facility with Airmen from the 407th AEG before heading out.

“The total force integration here is outstanding and I know great things are ahead,” said Montgomery. “Take care of the person to your left and right and let’s go kill some bad guys.”