AF, Army leaders discuss missions

by Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Leadership from the 86th Airlift Wing and 21st Theater Sustainment Command toured facilities on Ramstein Air Base and Panzer Kaserne Tuesday.

Stops on the tour included visits to Ramstein’s Air Traffic Control Tower, the Joint Mobility Processing Center and the 603d Air Operations Center. Tours on Panzer Kaserne included the 21st TSC’s Current Operations Integration Cell, Engagement Skills Training Center and Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer.

The purpose of the tour was to familiarize Army and Air Force senior leaders with a perspective of each other’s mission and training capabilities.

“From this tour, I have learned that we are more similar than we are different,” said Maj. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, 21st TSC commanding general. “Because we live in this joint community, I think it’s important to get to know each other.”

Something that both services utilize is a deployment processing center that enables a faster transition to and from theaters of operation.

For Lt. Col. Rod Bloker, 86th Logistics Readiness Group deputy commander, going on this tour shed new light for his understanding of Army operations.

“It was a great day and one more step in fostering the joint relationships we share in the Kaisers-lautern area,” Bloker said. “Opportunities like this help us learn more about each other’s missions and can lead to synergies and improvements in how we operate.”

This tour helped the new leaders of Team Ramstein and the 21st TSC meet their Army or Air Force counterparts.

“We’ve had a major transition of leaders from both the Air Force and Army, so this is a good time to do this,” Piggee said. “I think it worked out great.”

During the tour, Brig. Gen. C.K. Hyde, 86th AW commander, explained the airlift wing’s mission to Army commanders.

“This tour gave us the opportunity to explain how our Airmen provide combat airlift and operate Ramstein AB, and allowed us to experience how the Soldiers of the 21st TSC conduct their mission,” Hyde said.

This leadership tour provided an opportunity to build upon command relationships at multiple levels.

“We have come leap years from when Hyde and I took command, not that it was bad before but we think we’ve improved upon what our predecessors have started,” Piggee said. “This is just the beginning of our relationship building and by doing so we provide better support for our Airmen, Soldiers and their families.”