What an exciting time to be a part of U.S. Air Forces in Europe! It is
with tremendous excitement and humility that I accept this opportunity
to be your commander, leading the bravest Airmen today’s Air Force has
to offer. I am deeply privileged to serve side-by-side with proven
warriors who have answered the call to defend freedom around the world!
Standing beside me in this team effort for the second time is our
Command Chief, Chief Master Sergeant Gary Coleman. Chief Coleman was
particularly instrumental to the great success we experienced when he
was my command chief at 12th Air Force in Arizona just two years ago.
I’m also looking forward to building on our already great relationship
with the men and women who make up Allied Component Command-Air
Headquarters Ramstein. It is truly a great honor for me and my family
to serve again in the best command in the Air Force!
In my few days on the ground as your commander, I’m already impressed
by the teamwork and dedication I’ve seen. It’s only through your hard
work, devotion and sacrifice that the command has been able to achieve
the level of greatness it already boasts. U.S. Air Forces in
Europe is renowned for its Combat and Special Interest Program, and
this will serve as the foundation for our continued success. Through
everyone’s exceptional commitment and solidarity with our allies, we’ll
build on these strengths. The USAFE mission is important, demanding and
far-reaching; continue to conduct it with the safety and efficiency you
The operations tempo is high and that isn’t going to change anytime
soon. To you, I pledge my unwavering loyalty, clear communication and
support. I ask that you dedicate yourselves to working with each other
Together we will build upon the tremendous legacy of those who served
before us as we continue our fight along the front lines against
terrorism around the globe. I recognize the contributions that you and
your fellow Airmen make are vital to our continued success.
The holiday season is also quickly approaching – take the opportunity
to spend quality time with your families and friends, reflect and
revive those relationships that sustain you. You’ve worked hard and you
deserve it. As I get settled in, Chief Coleman and I will travel to the
many bases throughout the command. I am looking forward to getting to
know you. I’m particularly interested in what your challenges are so we
can aggressively work to minimize them.
Together we’ll endeavor to strengthen even further our already stellar
track record of teamwork with each of our NATO friends and
allies. I’m looking forward to personally meeting many of you in
the very near future. And I’m honored to have been chosen to lead you
into that future.