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Let’s Go: Herk Nation welcomes AMC command team

Gen. Minihan speaks with Airmen outside the fuels system repair hangar.

Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, speaks with Airmen outside the fuels system repair hangar at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 16, 2021. During his visit, Minihan gathered information on processes that could be improved upon across AMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

Airmen take a photo with the AMC commander and command chief.

Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, take a selfie with Airmen from the 41st Airlift Squadron during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. The visit to LRAFB served as Minihan’s first base visit since assuming command of AMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Gen. Minihan is greeted by leadership from Team Little Rock.

Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, is greeted by leadership from Team Little Rock at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 16, 2021. Minihan began his career as a C-130 pilot at the 61st Airlift Squadron in 1991 and returned two decades later to assume command of the 19th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

An Airmen briefs the AMC commander in a vehicle maintenance bay.

Tech. Sgt. Adam Mattix, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, briefs Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, on vehicle maintenance operations at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. Vehicle maintenance on LRAFB is accomplished via Total Force Integration between active-duty Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing and Air National Guardsmen from the 189th AW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Cicchetto)

The 19th Airlift Wing command team speak with the AMC commander.

Col. Angela Ochoa, 19th Airlift Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Steven Hart, 19th AW command chief, discuss the Leadership Pathways program with Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. The Leadership Pathways program aims to help service members become more resilient and better equipped to deal with the rigors of military life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

An Airmen FaceTimes his wife with Gen. Minihan.

Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, and Senior Airman Therron Stocker, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, FaceTime Stocker’s wife after Minihan coined him for excellence during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. The visit to LRAFB served as Minihan’s first base visit since assuming command of AMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Gen Minihan coins an Airman from the 19th AMXS.

Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, coins an Airman from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, during his visit to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. The visit to LRAFB served as Minihan’s first base visit since assuming command of AMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Military spouses receive a briefing on the Operational Support Team.

Ashley Minihan, Gen. Mike Minihan’s spouse, and Kareen Kruzelnick, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick’s spouse, tour the Operational Support Team’s facilities during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. During the visit, Mrs. Minihan and Mrs. Kruzelnick learned about the various helping agencies and support initiatives geared toward improving the quality of life of LRAFB Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jayden Ford)

Gen Minihan's wife tours the Walter Community Support Center.

Ashley Minihan, Gen. Mike Minihan’s spouse, tours the Walter Community Support Center during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. During the visit, Mrs. Minihan learned about the various helping agencies and support initiatives geared toward improving the quality of life of LRAFB Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jayden Ford)

Ashley Minihan receives a tour of the SAPR facility.
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Ashley Minihan, Gen. Mike Minihan’s spouse, and Kareen Kruzelnick, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick’s spouse, tour the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response facility during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. During the visit, Mrs. Minihan and Mrs. Kruzelnick learned about the various helping agencies and support initiatives geared toward improving the quality of life of LRAFB Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jayden Ford)

Gen. Minihan signs his name and his mantra 'Let's Go!' on a wall.
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Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, signs his name and his mantra ‘Let’s Go!’ on the heritage wall at the Knights Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. The heritage wall is an opportunity for the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to remember Airmen that were previously assigned to the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Gen. Minihan speaks with the chaplain corps at the coffee cart.
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Chaplain (Capt.) Tosha James, 19th Airlift Wing chaplain, briefs Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, on the Chapel’s support initiatives, such as the coffee cart at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 17, 2021. The coffee cart is used as a means of building connections with Airmen around LRAFB, reinforcing the chapel’s commitment to strengthen spiritual wellness and resiliency across the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

Gen. Minihan helps his wife off of an aircraft.
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Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, assists his wife, Ashley Minihan, off an aircraft at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 16, 2021. The visit to LRAFB served as Minihan’s first visit after assuming command of AMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. – “Let’s Go,” said Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander.

This is Minihan’s multi-faceted mantra, which he characterized as a warrior’s creed that signifies his appreciation of service to Mobility Airmen; a contract between Airmen and their mission; and a glimpse into the future of readiness standards tied directly to pacing threats.

It was only fitting that Minihan’s first visit after assuming command of AMC was to Little Rock Air Force Base, the Home of Herk Nation, where he launched his career 31 years ago.

“It’s an absolute treat to return to Little Rock Air Force Base,” Minihan said. “The opportunity I have now as the AMC commander was born right here on this base.”

Minihan began his career as a C-130 pilot at the 61st Airlift Squadron in 1991. He would return two decades later as the commander of the 19th Airlift Wing.

“It’s been an honor to come back here and it’s a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to all the men and women who helped me get where I am today,” he said. “It is an even better opportunity to meet the new Airmen that are tackling the mission and thank them for what they do each and every day.”

During the visit, Minihan and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, received an inside look into how the men and women of the 19th AW are forging a culture of innovation geared toward preparing for tomorrow’s high-end fight.

“In my humble opinion, Black Knights are taking the lead with what tactical airlift will look like as we go through that fight and work through Agile Combat Employment,” Kruzelnick said. “The 19th AW has been charged to be the lead wing. As such, they are going to develop the future tactics, techniques and procedures that will help AMC counter our pacing threats.”

Through constantly-evolving readiness exercises, the 19th AW is continuously preparing for a myriad of threats that could be seen through the enemies’ tactics of tomorrow. Instilling a warrior ethos, the wing is advancing the force through Agile Combat Employment and Multi-Capable Airmen concepts to support future capabilities.

“The Black Knights and Herk Nation are an essential part of the greater enterprise,” Minihan said. “The challenges that lie ahead of us are big enough that it’s going to require everyone across AMC to be 100% trained and 100% committed to the mission.”

Minihan also said that the success of Herk Nation would not be possible without the unwavering support from the local community.

“This community is a national treasure and a prime example of what it means to support a base and the Air Force mission,” Minihan said. “There are wonderful communities all over, but from what I’ve seen firsthand, this is the standard for which we all should strive.”

Kruzelnick echoed Minihan’s sentiment of the outstanding community support, adding that it enables the Airmen’s focus to remain steadfast on the mission.

“Throughout our time here, I was not only blown away by the support from the community, but also by the passion of every Airman that we met,” Kruzelnick said. “They understand what they are trying to get after, they have passion for it, but they also have commitment to each other. I would like them to know, on behalf of AMC, that we appreciate the work that they do. We care about them deeply and we have nothing but love for the entirety of Herk Nation.”

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