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455th Air Expeditionary Wing Commander Shares Priorities

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  • By Brig. Gen. Dave Julazadeh
  • 455th AEW
What an amazing first month in command this has been for me! I’ve spent a large portion of my time out and about with Command Chief Master Sgt. Matt Grengs visiting our Airmen at Bagram, Kandahar and Jalalabad. Without exception, every time we meet you in your workspaces we walk away inspired by your motivation, enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication to accomplish our challenging, complex, and often dangerous mission in service to our Nation.

My immersion with the wing’s leaders, supervisors and Airmen over the last several weeks served multiple purposes: to meet and see you and the conditions in which you operate; to gather feedback on necessary improvements; and to understand better what we do and how we do it. Now that the command chief and I have a greater understanding of where we are today, it’s time to chart the path for the future. While there will be much transition in the coming months as our national and military leaders, in partnership with the Afghan government, determine what missions will endure beyond 2016, I believe these priorities will help keep us focused through those changes and challenges.

I want to introduce to you our new Wing Mission Statement. It succinctly captures our dedication to the mission and the AFCENT Commander’s three key expectations of the 455 AEW: Deliver Airpower on Demand; Provide Extraordinary Role 3 (critical & specialty care capability) Medical Care; and Ensure Safe and Efficient Aerial Port Operations. The mission statement is supported by three pillars, or complementary focus areas: Mission, Airmen, and Community. Under each pillar, I’ve attached our priorities…they are simple, concise, self-explanatory and ensure we remain focused on what matters.

• Deliver Decisive Airpower
• Provide Persistent Theater ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance)
• Sustain Aerial Port Velocity

• Protect Our People
• Embrace AF Core Values
• Maintain Balance

• Execute Role 3 Hospital Capability
• Provide World Class Support
• Improve Quality Of Life

I ask all Vulture Airmen – active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractors – to take a few minutes to digest and internalize the Mission, Pillars, and Priorities of the Vulture Nation. If we are doing something that doesn’t support these priorities…please speak up. I seek and value your feedback. The importance of your job in the 455 AEW isn’t dictated by proximity to the flightline, but rather in the spirit and commitment in which you perform your individual duties.

Thank you for answering the call to serve in the World’s Greatest Air Force. And thank you for the sacrifices you and your families make each and every day. I leave you with the words of American labor leader Walter Reuther who said, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”

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