USAF EC leadership visits Travis CRW Airmen

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno
  • 621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Top leadership from the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey visited with Airmen assigned to the 821st Contingency Response Group and the 621st Air Mobility Advisory Group, 621st Contingency Response Wing, May 21, to observe the health, morale and welfare of the wing and discuss its priorities and mission.


During their visit, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kristopher Berg, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command chief master sergeant, saw first-hand the capabilities the 621st CRW Airmen possess as part of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center enterprise and America’s choice to build partnerships, strengthen the joint force and mobilize the fight.


“This is just an incredible mission, and probably the best job that you could have,” said Gordy. “I get very passionate about what you guys do, you should be proud of yourselves. Your impact is felt, never forget that.”


The 621st CRW is a unique bi-coastal unit, aligned under the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, highly-specialized in training and rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain, and coordinate air mobility operations.


“Advise, Direct, Project is our mission globally whether we are here at McGuire or at Travis and we take great pride in that,” said Col. James Hall, 621st CRW commander. “I go around to the different squadrons and every time I just walk away impressed by the quality of the leaders of that organization and just how much they care about people and the way that they are pushing their organizations to excellence.”


The visit included roundtable discussions, meeting with Airmen, and engagements with the five squadrons here at Travis.


The wing supports four key mission areas, which include air advisors, joint mobility operations, theater-wide command and control, and the ability to generate airfields on demand in any environment.


“We are the Air Force’s only CRW, with missions directly focused on all phases of conflict across the spectrum of warfare,” Hall said. “We must constantly monitor mission capability and readiness in all four CRW mission areas in order to remain agile and adaptable, and to maintain readiness and relevance.”


During the squadron engagements, Airmen briefed the capabilities of their unit and showcased innovation projects.


“We are really proud of all the great things that our Airmen are doing on a day-to-day basis to ensure that we lead from the front,” said Lt. Col. Troy Pierce, 821st Contingency Response Squadron commander. “In order to be really adaptive and responsive to the mission, we really embrace being adaptive and innovative in the squadron.”


Gordy encouraged all Airmen to continue to find ways to adapt and innovate.


“We are innovators,” he said. “Keep sharing, keep working, and keep thinking…think through those problems and what could make your job easier.”


Additionally, Gordy and Berg hosted an all-call where they discussed current and future U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center initiatives and recognized outstanding Airmen.


“We have to get back to our expeditionary roots,” Gordy said. “Adaptive basing and agile combat support…We are going to be a big part of that, you all will be a big part of that.”


Before departing, Gordy and Berg expressed their appreciation and respect for all Airmen in the wing.