USAF EC commander: 'We move as a team'

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  • By Maj. Gen. Kip Self
  • U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Commander
Since the resignation of our top two Air Force leaders, there have been some questions as to the impact on our Service. Gen. Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, provides us a well drafted letter from his post on where we are and where we need to focus.  (See

From my perch, there is no place with greater impact on the immediate threat than the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center. We have focused our efforts on the Airmen at risk. 

I believe we have the Secretary of Defense's objectives as our own. However, you can see what happens when leaders get complacent and standards are not enforced. I challenge all of us to keep one eye on the target of producing the world's best Expeditionary Airman while keeping the other eye on backing each other up.

We move as a team and as the Chief articulates our Air Force and our Center are greater than any one individual. 

Our mission requires the full spectrum of the Center's expertise drawn from civilian, uniformed and contract professionals. The Expeditionary Center is far too important to be scuttled by an incident of safety or breech of regulatory guidance.

Stay the course and be vigilant.