COMACC visits 386th AEW, praises Airmen’s contributions to the fight

Members of the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron showcase the aerial port for U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During his visit, Carlisle noted that the cargo and passengers the 386th transports are vital for current operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

Members of the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron showcase the aerial port for U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During his visit, Carlisle noted that the cargo and passengers the 386th transports are vital for current operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, shows his appreciation for Senior Airman Sang Yang, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation journeyman, Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During his visit, Carlisle personally thanked Airmen across the wing for volunteering to serve their nation thousands of miles away from their families.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, shows his appreciation for Senior Airman Sang Yang, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation journeyman, Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During his visit, Carlisle personally thanked Airmen across the wing for volunteering to serve their nation thousands of miles away from their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with Senior Airman Colleen Sweeney-Marple, 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During his visit, Carlisle praised the wing’s efforts providing airlift; electronic warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with Senior Airman Colleen Sweeney-Marple, 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During his visit, Carlisle praised the wing’s efforts providing airlift; electronic warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with an Airman after his all call Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Carlisle stressed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing’s Airmen that they were the Air Force’s most valuable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with an Airman after his all call Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Carlisle stressed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing’s Airmen that they were the Air Force’s most valuable asset. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, tours the 386th aerial port Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Carlisle visited the 386th to gain appreciation for the wing's operations throughout the U.S. Central Command region and to thank Airmen personally for their service during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, tours the 386th aerial port Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Carlisle visited the 386th to gain appreciation for the wing's operations throughout the U.S. Central Command region and to thank Airmen personally for their service during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, command chief master sergeant of Air Combat Command, left, and U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, right, answer Airmen's questions during an All Call held Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. McDonald and Carlisle addressed Airmen's concerns regarding subjects ranging from distance learning to enlisted pilot programs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, command chief master sergeant of Air Combat Command, left, and U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, right, answer Airmen's questions during an All Call held Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. McDonald and Carlisle addressed Airmen's concerns regarding subjects ranging from distance learning to enlisted pilot programs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park)

Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, controls an explosive ordinance disposal robot at the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight building facility at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23, 2016.  Mrs. Carlisle toured base EOD facilities to learn about the mission the unit performs in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, controls an explosive ordinance disposal robot at the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight building facility at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23, 2016. Mrs. Carlisle toured base EOD facilities to learn about the mission the unit performs in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, speaks with 386th Expeditionary Force Support Airmen at The Wired morale facility at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23, 2016. This tour gave Mrs. Carlisle an opportunity to visit various morale, recreation and welfare facilities 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen use on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, speaks with 386th Expeditionary Force Support Airmen at The Wired morale facility at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23, 2016. This tour gave Mrs. Carlisle an opportunity to visit various morale, recreation and welfare facilities 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen use on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visits the pharmacy at the 386th  Expeditionary Medical Group clinic at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23, 2016. The clinic’s services include general medicine, physical therapy sessions, dental care and mental health. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, wife of U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visits the pharmacy at the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group clinic at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23, 2016. The clinic’s services include general medicine, physical therapy sessions, dental care and mental health. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, his wife, Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, and Chief Master Sgt. Steve K. McDonald, command chief master sergeant of ACC, visited Airmen deployed with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23.

The purpose of their visit was to gain an appreciation of the 386th’s operations throughout the U.S. Central Command region and to thank Airmen personally for their service during the holiday season.

The general stressed to the Airmen the importance the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant represents for the country’s national security.

“(The Islamic State) is evil,” he said. “They want to change your way of life, they want to attack us, they want to attack our freedoms, and they want to change the world. We have got to win this war.”

Despite the challenges faced in the region, Gen. Carlisle was confident that the air power would prove to be the key to winning the war against ISIL.

“Every adversary, every bad guy out there, every potential adversary knows what happens when the United States owns the airspace: we kick their butts,” he explained. “When we own airspace and cyberspace, when we can do global precision attack, global mobility, air superiority, global integrated (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), command and control, nobody has a chance.”

Gen. Carlisle then praised the Airmen of the 386th, noting that the wing’s various missions had been absolutely vital to Air Force operations in the region for years.

“On a monthly basis, you move about 8,000 tons of cargo,” he noted. “You move about 8,000 passengers, plus or minus a few thousand – plus mostly, recently.”

“You provide global integrated ISR at a level that is incredible, to include strikes on a normal basis where you come back with your airplanes cleaned off,” he continued. “You look at the electronic warfare and electronic capabilities that our EC-130s are doing – it's unbelievable."

The general was quick to note that the wing’s operations were only successful due to the Airmen that came to work every day to take the fight to the enemy. He thanked the Airmen of the 386th for volunteering to serve their nation and deploy over the holidays, and he pledged to work on their behalf addressing quality of life issues.

Gillian Carlisle, too, praised the Airmen around the wing, thanking them for their service. While touring various morale facilities on base, she emphasized the importance of providing for their needs while in an expeditionary environment.

“These deployed Airmen work hard,” she said. “We need to continue to increase our support since they do their mission away from home and family.”

Gen. Carlisle has prioritized visits to deployed Airmen since he took command of ACC in order to learn firsthand the challenges they face in executing their missions.