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Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs shares innovation in new position

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  • By Airman 1st Class Ariel Owings
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Richard W. Gibbs, Air Mobility Command Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection director, visited multiple units at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1.

            After joining the AMC team in the summer of 2019, Gibbs set out to learn the roots of how the programs he oversees support accomplishing the Rapid Global Mobility mission. The goal was to understand how the work is being done through the perspective of the Airmen.

            “My visit this past week to Dover and McGuire Air Force Base’s reaffirmed my knowledge that our Airmen are incredibly talented professionals that are ready to take our Air Force to the next level,” said Gibbs. “I was impressed with the level of teamwork at each of these associate Total Force units and the teamwork displayed across the wings.”

            The visit included demonstrations and displays with aircraft, entry control gates, military working dogs, warehouse and port operations, munitions control area, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and vehicle maintenance and operations. The Innovation Lab was one of many stops where Airmen showcased some of the advancements the installation has implemented. Joint Base MDL jump-started the Infinity Spark program in 2018, encouraging service members to use innovative ways to improve productivity, save money or even save man-hours.

“I took away several ideas that I’ve shared with other bases and am advocating that we work to more effectively share great ideas across the Air Force and with sister services,” said Gibbs.

            The shared intelligence and teamwork across the different installations and services can give the Air Force a smarter and faster advantage to building a more lethal and ready force against potential threats.