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18th AF Commander visits Scott Air Force Base mobility wings

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th AF command chief, pose for a photo with an Airman from the 375th Medical Group bioenvironmental health technician during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The commander and command chief were able to learn from various Airmen about what they do and how they support the greater mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th AF command chief, pose for a photo with an Airman from the 375th Medical Group bioenvironmental health technician during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The commander and command chief were able to learn from various Airmen about what they do and how they support the greater mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, speaks with Col. Kevin Schiller, 375th Operations Group commander, and Maj. Taylor Todd, 458th Airlift Squadron standardizations and evaluation chief, during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. During the presentation Todd spoke about C-21 highlights and improvements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, speaks with Col. Kevin Schiller, 375th Operations Group commander, and Maj. Taylor Todd, 458th Airlift Squadron standardizations and evaluation chief, during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. During the presentation Todd spoke about C-21 highlights and improvements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and Capt. Clayton Harvey, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, tour a C-130 Globemaster fuselage trainer during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The fuselage trainer provides a controlled environment where the 375th AES can schedule lifelike, high-fidelity task training and mission simulations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, and Capt. Clayton Harvey, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, tour a C-130 Globemaster fuselage trainer during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The fuselage trainer provides a controlled environment where the 375th AES can schedule lifelike, high-fidelity task training and mission simulations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Senior Airman Brannon Tullos, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, speaks about the capabilities of a C-130 Globemaster fuselage trainer Oct. 12, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The fuselage trainer provides a controlled environment where the 375th AES can schedule lifelike, high-fidelity task training and mission simulations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Senior Airman Brannon Tullos, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, speaks about the capabilities of a C-130 Globemaster fuselage trainer Oct. 12, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The fuselage trainer provides a controlled environment where the 375th AES can schedule lifelike, high-fidelity task training and mission simulations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, speaks during a commander’s call Oct. 12, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. A commander’s call is a direct form of communication were Airmen of different units, who don’t always get an opportunity to speak to the commander, can voice their opinions and receive vital information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, speaks during a commander’s call Oct. 12, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. A commander’s call is a direct form of communication were Airmen of different units, who don’t always get an opportunity to speak to the commander, can voice their opinions and receive vital information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, coins Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Lovett, 375th Medical Group, pediatrics clinic flight chief, during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “Coining” has been in the military for centuries. It is a way for leaders, to showcase their appreciation for a job well done. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, coins Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Lovett, 375th Medical Group, pediatrics clinic flight chief, during a three-day tour Oct. 10 - 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “Coining” has been in the military for centuries. It is a way for leaders, to showcase their appreciation for a job well done. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th Air Force command chief, speaks during a commander’s call Oct. 12, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Petzel focused on the acronym AMC, which stood for Airmen, Mission and Culture. He emphasized that nothing happens alone and a cohesive team is needed in order to complete the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th Air Force command chief, speaks during a commander’s call Oct. 12, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Petzel focused on the acronym AMC, which stood for Airmen, Mission and Culture. He emphasized that nothing happens alone and a cohesive team is needed in order to complete the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Spouses from the 18th Air Force visit the Patriot Community Center Oct. 12, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The spouses received a tour of the center, briefed on the condition of base housing and future projects. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Spouses from the 18th Air Force visit the Patriot Community Center Oct. 12, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The spouses received a tour of the center, briefed on the condition of base housing and future projects. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, coins Master Sgt. Patricia Tate, 375th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, Oct.11, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Tate was coined for being an exceptional performer within the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, coins Master Sgt. Patricia Tate, 375th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, Oct.11, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Tate was coined for being an exceptional performer within the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, coins Dominique Lance, 375th Medical Support Squadron medical material technician, during his visit to the 375th Medical Group on Oct. 11, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)
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Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, coins Dominique Lance, 375th Medical Support Squadron medical material technician, during his visit to the 375th Medical Group on Oct. 11, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Maj Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, is shown the process to make a dental crown by Keith Kimmon 375th Dental Squadron dental lab technician, Oct.11, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 375th Dental squadron is responsible for providing dental care to all members of Scott AIR FORCE BASE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)
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Maj Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, is shown the process to make a dental crown by Keith Kimmon 375th Dental Squadron dental lab technician, Oct.11, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 375th Dental squadron is responsible for providing dental care to all members of Scott AIR FORCE BASE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The 18th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, capped off the end of a three-day tour of the Showcase Wing with a commander’s call at the Scott Event Center Oct. 12. 

During the tour, Barrett and Chief Master Sgt. Todd Petzel, 18th AF command chief, visited Airmen from the 375th AMW, 932nd Airlift Wing and the 126th Air Refueling Wing. 

“This wing is phenomenal,” Barrett said to a packed house. “This wing has so much going on that it’s overwhelming in a couple of days to get out and visit with all of you.”

Over the course of three days, Barrett and Petzel visited with Airmen from different units, discussing their missions, soliciting suggestions for improvement and highlight star performers. Both leaders also took the opportunity to have lunch with Airmen, NCOs and officers from the wing to discuss their experiences, highlight how they fit into the 18th AF mission and talk about what will be expected of them in the future.

“The world is changing,” Barrett said. “And we have to change with it. We have to be ready for cyber challenges. We have to be ready for the things great powers can throw at us. We have to think differently. We have to be innovators. We have to be creative. We’re ready for it.”

Barrett spoke on Team Scott’s accomplishments and thanked them for working hard and always doing what is right.

“I know how hard you work, and I know there’s a lot of sacrifices,” he said. “I know a lot of you have deployed and will deploy again. It’s not easy, but you do it, you volunteered for it, and you’re the best in the world at it. So I want to say thank you. Thank you for the sacrifices, and thank you for being part of a winning championship team. Because that’s exactly what you are.”

With approximately 39,000 active-duty, guard, reserve and civilian Airmen and approximately 1,100 aircraft, 18th Air Force manages the global air mobility enterprise through the 618th Air Operations Center, 12 wings and one stand-alone group.