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AMC command team visits 317th AW; applauds innovation

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, is greeted by Airman from the 317th Airlift Wing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2021. The AMC command team visited Dyess AFB where they met some of the Airmen accelerating the air mobility mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, center, is greeted by Airman from the 317th Airlift Wing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2021. The AMC command team visited Dyess AFB where they met some of the Airmen accelerating the air mobility mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, uses virtual reality goggles during a 317th Maintenance Group capabilities briefing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. Airmen from the 317th MXG demonstrated the groups VR training capabilities and briefed the data gathered to the AMC command team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, Air Mobility Command command chief, uses virtual reality goggles during a 317th Maintenance Group capabilities briefing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. Airmen from the 317th MXG demonstrated the groups VR training capabilities and briefed the data gathered to the AMC command team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Clinton, 317th Maintenance Group virtual reality development NCO in charge, right, gives a VR training demonstration to Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. Clinton briefed the AMC command team on the trials, benefits and data gathered from standing up the largest maintenance training VR lab in AMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Clinton, 317th Maintenance Group virtual reality development NCO in charge, right, gives a VR training demonstration to Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. Clinton briefed the AMC command team on the trials, benefits and data gathered from standing up the largest maintenance training VR lab in AMC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, grabs tools from an automatic tool locker at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. Van Ovost was briefed on the benefits of the tool locker, which automatically locks, issues and tracks aircraft maintenance tools that have been checked out and returned. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, grabs tools from an automatic tool locker at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. Van Ovost was briefed on the benefits of the tool locker, which automatically locks, issues and tracks aircraft maintenance tools that have been checked out and returned. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, signs a C-130J Super Hercules tail flash at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. The 317th Airlift Wing traditionally has distinguished visitors sign a tail flash to commemorate their visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, signs a C-130J Super Hercules tail flash at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. The 317th Airlift Wing traditionally has distinguished visitors sign a tail flash to commemorate their visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, walks through the 317th Airlift Wing operations and maintenance building at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. During the visit, Van Ovost was briefed on the accomplishments of the 317th AW at home station and deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, walks through the 317th Airlift Wing operations and maintenance building at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. During the visit, Van Ovost was briefed on the accomplishments of the 317th AW at home station and deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Air Mobility Command commander, Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, visited the 317th Airlift Wing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 7-8, 2021.

During their visit, the command team had the opportunity to meet the Airmen behind one of the leading wings in innovation throughout the major command.

“What I noticed today is that every Airman in this wing is passionate about what they do,” said Kruzelnick. “They have a deep understanding of the mission, and they are constantly trying to innovate to be better.”

The command team visited several locations throughout the wing where they received several briefings and demonstrations of the many ways that the Airmen of the 317th AW are working to improve job efficiency and operational proficiency.

“We can develop programs at the headquarters level but what matters is how it is being executed here at the wing,” said Van Ovost. “I can see that they aren’t waiting on us, and that’s exactly what I want; don’t wait, accelerate. You know the mission, you know the commander’s intent, you know the risk. Move out.”

Airmen from the 317th AW did just that. The 317th Maintenance Group stood up the largest virtual reality training lab in the command, an individual Airman found a new solution to a decades-old practice, and high performers are always stepping up to the plate wherever needed to accomplish the mission.

“Today I saw a wing full of disrupters, in a positive way,” said Kruzelnick. “These Airmen can crush any mission or task given to them, and if there is a better way to do it, they will search to the ends of the earth to find it.”

The AMC command team saw first-hand how the 317th AW “Hazard Airmen” are blazing their own trails while soaring to new heights in order to accomplish the mission.

“We cannot maintain air dominance without rapid air mobility,” said Van Ovost. “This team at the 317th AW does that as good as anyone, they employ to deploy, and their ability to demonstrate Agile Combat Employment will be a critical component when we’re talking about a high-end fight.”