The new U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander’s perspective

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  • By Maj. George Tobias
  • U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Mark Camerer, took command of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center on Sept. 23, 2020.

In the past month he met with commanders, staff, and leaders of the command to learn about the mission and discuss his leadership philosophy.

“The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center will continue to focus on our global mission, while striving to take great care of our Airmen and their families,” said Camerer.

During these discussions, Camerer stressed the importance of individual initiative and echoed the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s, strategic approach for the service, “Accelerate Change or Lose.”

“We need to leverage our Airmen’s innovation to improve, enhance, and boost mission accomplishment at a pace to ensure we are ready for today’s tasks and prepared to dominate tomorrow,” said Camerer.

Camerer stressed the importance of empowering Airmen and removing roadblocks so Airmen at the squadron level can move out and accomplish their mission. Camerer believes “it is at the squadron level where the mission gets accomplished.”

The general also noted meaningful change in the USAF Expeditionary Center will come from the Airmen on the frontlines.

“Our Air Force is blessed with scores of great Airmen -- Airmen who not only adhere to our core values and are solid performers, but are also Airmen who demonstrate sustained initiative,” said Camerer. “This initiative at the individual Airman level can move our Air Force forward.”

Camerer added, “In the few weeks that I’ve been here, I am very impressed by the initiative our Airmen have shown; I can’t wait to visit our 14,000 Airmen and their families at the 38 world-wide locations and see how they are unlocking their full potential.”

The USAF Expeditionary Center, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the Air Force's Center of excellence for Expeditionary Agile Combat Support and Rapid Global Mobility training and education. The USAF Expeditionary Center provides direct oversight of the Global Air Mobility Support System, Joint Base installation support, world-wide contingency response, and building partnership capacity mission sets within the global mobility enterprise.