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Scott showcases 375th AMW to AMC leaders

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, addresses Team Scott during an all call at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. Van Ovost visited Team Scott to meet Airmen and discuss the importance of delivering rapid global mobility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian P. Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, right, answer a question from Tech. Sgt. Alex Ohrmund, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron requisition and optimization noncommissioned officer in charge, during an all call, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. Ohrmund asked about alternate fuel sources and their future within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Schiffner, 375th Communications Squadron commander, right, briefs Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, about the mission of the 375th CS at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. The squadron provides the unified capabilities of integrated voice, video and data services across network infrastructure to ensure warfighter mission effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

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U.S. Air Force Maj. John Kust, 375th Communications Squadron director of operations, right, briefs Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, left, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. Kust also discussed power upgrades that benefit Team Scott and its mission partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, speaks during a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging panel at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. During the panel Van Ovost answered questions from Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead.)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, speaks during a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging panel at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. During the panel Van Ovost answered Airmen’s questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jonathan Simmons, left, 375th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, briefs Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center-back, on the LRS training simulator at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. The simulator provides Airmen the opportunity to train on multiple vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, uses a training simulator while Senior Airman Jonathan Simmons, 375th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, looks on at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. The simulator provides Airmen the opportunity to train on multiple vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Casey Calvert, 375th Security Forces Squadron electronic security systems noncommissioned officer in charge, center, guides Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, through a virtual reality training simulation at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. The VR training simulations allow defenders to practice tactics to enhance emergency response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Casey Calvert, 375th Security Forces Squadron electronic security systems noncommissioned officer in charge, center, briefs Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, on the squadron’s virtual reality training system at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. The system allows defenders to practice tactics to enhance emergency response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jayron Wilkerson, 375th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory technician, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, discuss blood cells at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 8, 2021. Wilkerson explained blood testing procedures at Scott AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, looks at blood cells in a side-by-side microscope with Airman 1st Class Jayron Wilkerson, 375th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory technician, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 8, 2021. The microscope is used as a training tool to teach medical students to read different types of cells. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, center, dons an EOD-10 suit during a tour at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 8, 2021. The EOD-10 suit was designed to protect bomb technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael D’Augustino, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron technician, right, helps Chief Master Sgt. Brian P. Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, don an EOD-10 suit during a tour at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 8, 2021. The EOD-10 suit was designed to protect bomb technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, right-front, attaches rope to a carabiner at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 8, 2021. The rope was used to guide the F6-A explosive ordnance disposal robot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, examines inert explosive ordnance during a visit to the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 8, 2021. During her visit Van Ovost participated in a demonstration of the unit’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Michael D’Augustino, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron technician, instructs Kareen Kruzelnick, wife of Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, on how to use the F6-A explosive ordnance disposal robot at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 8, 2021. The robot is used to perform hazardous EOD tasks when needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Schiffner, 375th Communications Squadron commander, right, briefs Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, about the mission of the 375th CS at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. The squadron provides the unified capabilities of integrated voice, video and data services across network infrastructure to ensure warfighter mission effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

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U.S. Air Force Maj. John Kust, 375th Communications Squadron director of operations, right, briefs Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, left, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. Kust also discussed power upgrades that benefit Team Scott and its mission partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

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U.S. Air Force Maj. John Kust, 375th Communications Squadron director of operations, left, and Steve Bommarito, 375th Communications Squadron voice transport system manager, right, brief Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, about phone capabilities at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, April 9, 2021. Kust also discussed Team Scott’s main distribution frame’s analog capabilities for phones, fax machines and other assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, and their spouses visited the 375th Air Mobility Wing April 8-9 to see the wing’s capabilities and recognize Airmen who deliver rapid global mobility. 

“I want to start by saying, ‘Thank you!’ Thank you for your dedication to the wing, to the command, and to each other,” said Van Ovost during an all call she hosted with wing Airmen.  

Kruzelnick added, “I love being in my backyard and seeing how Team Scott is crushing it.”

Van Ovost also thanked families for the continued resilience they’ve shown while operating during the pandemic, and highlighted multiple star performers across the wing, like Senior Airman Darrin Terry, a medical technician from the 375th Medical Operations Squadron.

“Dedication [and] readiness [define] Senior Airman Darrin Terry,” said Van Ovost. “This young man is owning it.” 

Van Ovost highlighted Terry’s recent accomplishments, which included working with 12,000 active duty members and dependents, maintaining over $850,000 of medical services, and enabling over 150 dermatology surgeries. 

Van Ovost then stressed why the command’s priorities--develop the force, project the joint force, advance warfighting capabilities and ensure strategic deterrence--are so important.

“The strategic environment has been changing, even in the past three years,” said Van Ovost.  “We recognized there are some areas that we can focus on and accelerate to meet this change head-on.”  

Kruzelnick spoke on multiple topics such as the importance of being resilient, having good character and maintaining a warfighting mindset. 

“Do you know what our biggest competitive advantage over our adversaries is? It’s you,” he said.

Van Ovost asked the audience how the wing could ensure mobility effects are projected into the battlefield.  The answer:  advancing warfighting capabilities and empowering Airmen. 

“That’s what we organize, train and equip for; [to] generate the full-spectrum readiness necessary to give credible capacity over United States Transportation Command, so we can execute our mission,” she said

After discussing the scale and importance of projecting the joint force, both explained how strategic deterrence is achieved through airlift and air refueling support to  the nation’s nuclear capabilities and other means.

“These are no-fail missions, as is ensuring diplomacy,” said Van Ovost. “What you do, we use every day.”

In addition to the all call, the AMC leaders visited multiple units across Scott AFB, whose Airmen demonstrated how they continue to stay battle-ready and ensure mission success.

Taking the time to see the wing’s capabilities and experience how the “Showcase Wing” operates allowed the AMC leaders to recognize the Airmen who continue to drive innovation and deliver rapid global mobility.