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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, are briefed by Col. John Schutte, 19th Airlift Wing commander, on the health of the wing and the missions of Team Little Rock at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. The brief provides an overview of the “Home of Herk Nation” and how it serves as an epicenter of tactical airlift capability while also training the next generation of combat airlifters. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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The 61st Airlift Squadron was recognized by Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, Oct. 19, 2020 for winning the General Joseph Smith Trophy for being the Best Airlift Squadron in AMC here at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR. The Smith trophy had previously sat at AMC headquarters for the last five years and Gen. Van Ovost felt the award should rightfully sit with the squadron who wins it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Tech Sgt. Joshua Herrier, 714th Training Squadron instructor, was recognized by Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, for winning the Gen. “Dutch” Huyser Award here at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. Each year the Airlift/Tanker Association and AMC recognize individuals and units who have demonstrated superior leadership, made outstanding contributions to the airlift/tanker mission, and provided invaluable service to their civilian communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Mr. Alan Frosch, spouse of Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, receives a briefing from Hunt family housing on Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 20, 2020. The discussion showcased different aspects of the housing program to include the progress of LRAFB housing, the military housing office and the newly appointed resident advocate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Mr. Alan Frosch, spouse of Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, takes a tour of the Child Development Center on Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 20, 2020. The tour showcased what mitigation techniques the CDC has taken to protect the children and workers during COVID-19 as well as a general tour of the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, receives instruction on the use of the 19th Maintenance Group Virtual Reality demo by Master Sgt. Nicholas Massingill, 19th MXG Development and Instructor section chief at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 10, 2020. The integrated technology platform trains students on maintenance tasks in a virtual hangar providing them familiarization prior to working on actual aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, receives instruction on the use of the 19th Maintenance Group Virtual Reality demo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Allen, 19th MXG MQTP instructor, at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. The integrated technology platform trains students on maintenance tasks in a virtual hangar providing them familiarization prior to working on actual aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Mr. Alan Frosch, spouse of Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, speaks with members assigned to the welcome center on Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. Welcome Center is one of the first stops for new Airmen arriving at LRAFB and serves as a one-stop shop for new Airmen and their families to process through the military personnel section, medical, traffic management office and finance, as well as get exposed to base helping agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Mr. Alan Frosch, spouse of Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, speaks with Maj. Jordan Kieliszewski, 19th Medical Group Mental Health Flight commander, about the importance of thier pressence in the welcome center on Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. The welcome center is one of the first stops for new Airmen arriving at LRAFB and serves as a one-stop shop for new Airmen and their families to process through the military personnel section, medical, traffic management office and finance, as well as get exposed to base helping agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, are briefed by Maj. Michael Kan, 19 Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bio-Environmental Engineering flight commander, on radiological operations and future efforts by the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. Her visit included a Team Little Rock brief, maintenance operations and training with VR, 314th Airlift Wing Formal Training Unit brief, a tour of the 41st and 61st Airlift Squadrons, and an All Call with Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, are briefed on the Aerial Bulk Fuel Delivery System, as well as current and future flight line efforts by the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. Her visit included a Team Little Rock brief, maintenance operations and training with VR, 314th Airlift Wing Formal Training Unit brief, a tour of the 41st and 61st Airlift Squadrons, and an All Call with Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Mr. Alan Frosch, spouse of Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, receives a briefing from the Chaplians on the health and wellness of Airmen and their families at the base chapel on Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. The chaplians messaged that Airmen and their families are the foundation of AMC’s ability to deliver strength, hope, and reach around the world and they are here to help in any way possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Mr. Alan Frosch, spouse of Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, receives a briefing from base agencies on the health and wellness of Airmen and their families at the base chapel on Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. Agencies messaged that Airmen and their families are the foundation of AMC’s ability to deliver strength, hope, and reach around the world and they are here to help in any way possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

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Tech Sgt. Ryan Suggs, 62nd Airlift Squadron instructor, briefs Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, on current Formal Training Unit initiatives here at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Oct. 19, 2020. Their visit is part of their listening tour, to learn more about the Airmen of Little Rock Air Force Base and the innovation they bring to the C-130 enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, visited Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Oct. 19-20, 2020, as part of their listening tour across AMC installations.

Van Ovost and Kruzelnick’s visit showcased mission capabilities from the 19th Airlift Wing, 314th AW, 189th AW and 913th Airlift Group as a collective representation of the ‘Home of Herk Nation,’ dedicated to providing and sustaining agile combat airlift across the globe.

“We have to advance our warfighting capabilities so we can compete in the high-end fight,” Van Ovost said. “As soon as we arrive to work, we need to be prepared for an adversary that is ready to fight. It takes targeted modernization efforts for these aircraft and our fleets to get the capabilities we need to project the Joint Force forward.”

During their visit, Van Ovost and Kruzelnick met with Airmen paving the way for innovation through efforts such as the virtual reality maintenance training hangar—a platform focused on speeding up training while controlling the environment in order to safely and effectively train on mission-essential tasks, to enhance maintenance lethality and readiness. 

“We cannot do more of the same thing and expect a different result,” Van Ovost said. “As Gen. Brown has said, we must accelerate change or lose. It’s imperative to start now and you’ve taken that to heart here.”

Little Rock AFB’s commitment to support this effort was put on display with Airmen showcasing their focus on radiological operations, full-spectrum readiness and Agile Combat Employment. Airmen also demonstrated their utilization of the Aerial Bulk Fuel Delivery System, which can be used to deliver fuel to austere locations where fuel may not otherwise be accessible.

A common thread recognized by AMC leadership through these engagements was the sharp mental focus and warrior ethos of Little Rock Airmen.

“Our greatest competitive advantage over every adversary we face is our Airmen,” Kruzelnick said. “We need our Airmen to be resilient—Airmen who are resilient and supported can focus on innovative solutions based on their operations expertise.”

While addressing Airmen during an all-call, Van Ovost emphasized the need for the ‘Home of Herk Nation’ to continue develop its Airmen and building upon its strong ‘Ready Warrior’ culture while serving as the epicenter of the nation’s tactical airlift capability.

“We know the answer to many challenges lie right here in the Airmen that do this mission every day,” Van Ovost said. “We’re looking to ensure you have all the tools necessary, you’re developed, have advanced warfighting capabilities, and you’re generating full-spectrum readiness—and it all starts right here with Herk Nation.”

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