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Wing leadership visits Eskan Village

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  • By Capt. Marie Harnly
  • 64th Expeditionary Support Squadron
The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing top officer and enlisted leaders visited the 64th Air Expeditionary Group here June 18 and 19 to meet with Airmen from across the group and see first-hand how their missions uniquely contribute to continuing operations in the U.S. Central Command's area of operations.

The 379th AEW commander, Brig. Gen. Roger Watkins, and the 379th AEW command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Rory Wicks's visit included an opportunity for them to discuss pertinent topics challenging today's Air Force. Topics ranged from a variety of subjects including sexual assault, sequestration, the budgetary climate, the future of Eskan Village and developing leaders.

Col. Mike Florio, the 64th AEG commander, said he was excited to host the wing's leadership.

"Our Airmen here have overcome some Herculean challenges," Florio said. "We have developed a reputation of ingenuity, professionalism and excellence, all of which we showcased to our 'Grand Slam' leadership."

Watkins and Wicks visited several large project efforts, such as the south gate entry control point, the tactical automated security system fence, and the Combined Defense Operations Center. They met and recognized numerous "superior performing" Airmen for their contributions to the wing's overall mission: supporting the joint warfighter.

In addition to the project sites, the general and chief toured operations facilities including the force protection mission in action and highlighted the base support provided to Eskan Village.

During the visit, Watkins conducted an all-call focusing on sexual assaults in the military and the importance of a professional work environment that respects all Airmen.

"The 64th AEG impeccably accomplishes its mission each day while enduring substantial budgetary and manpower challenges," the general said. "One reason for that success is commanders are training, leading and respecting Airmen so they can get the mission done."

The general encouraged Airmen to think of ways to save man hours and money by developing innovative processes or suggesting changes with profound impacts. He stressed the importance of a professional work environment for mission readiness and in cultivating mutual respect for all Airmen.

At the end of their visit, Wicks relayed to the group's leadership how important the 64th AEG is to the wing's mission specifically citing the extraordinary impression he and the general received, saying, "Your team rocks!"