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U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, greets Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, 55th Wing command chief, Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, greets Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, 55th Wing command chief, Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes was on base for two days meeting with Airmen and visiting several facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Manion, left, 55th Wing commander, and Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, inspect the Offutt Air Force Base flight line Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Manion, left, 55th Wing commander, and Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, inspect the Offutt Air Force Base flight line Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Holmes visited Offutt to see the mission first-hand and to discuss ACC priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, receives a tour of an RC-135V/W Rivet Joint Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, receives a tour of an RC-135V/W Rivet Joint Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes spent two days on base learning about the 55th Wing’s mission and meeting Offutt Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

U.S. Air Force Gen. James Holmes, Air Combat Command commander, plays the guitar with the U.S. Heartland of America Band Oct. 31, 2018, inside the band’s concert hall at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Gen. James Holmes, Air Combat Command commander, plays the guitar with the U.S. Heartland of America Band Oct. 31, 2018, inside the band’s concert hall at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes oversees more than 1,100 aircraft, 37 wings, 12 bases, and 1,371 units at more than 315 operating locations worldwide with 158,000 total force military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles J. Haymond)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, plays “Sister Golden Hair” by America Oct. 31, 2018, inside the U.S. Heartland of America Band concert hall at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, plays “Sister Golden Hair” by America Oct. 31, 2018, inside the U.S. Heartland of America Band concert hall at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes, as the Combat Air Forces lead agent, leads ACC in developing strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics, and procedures for air-, space-, and cyber-power employment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles J. Haymond)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, tours the 55th Weather Wing headquarters Oct. 31, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, tours the 55th Weather Wing headquarters Oct. 31, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes was on base for two days meeting with Airmen and visiting several facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, coins Airman 1st Class Devonte Mickens, a 55th Logistics Readiness Squadron materials handler, Oct. 30, 2018, inside the installation deployment readiness cell at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, coins Airman 1st Class Devonte Mickens, a 55th Logistics Readiness Squadron materials handler, Oct. 30, 2018, inside the installation deployment readiness cell at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes visited various places during his two-day tour of Offutt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles J. Haymond)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Manion, right, 55th Wing commander, and Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, walk the flight line Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Manion, right, 55th Wing commander, and Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, walk the flight line Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes visited Offutt to see the mission first-hand and to discuss ACC priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, receives a tour of the 2nd Weather Squadron American Forces Network Oct. 31, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, receives a tour of the 2nd Weather Squadron American Forces Network Oct. 31, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes was on base for two days meeting with Airmen and visiting several facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, meets with the 55th Maintenance Group Emergency Management Support team in the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, meets with the 55th Maintenance Group Emergency Management Support team in the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes spent two days on base learning about the 55th Wing’s mission and meeting Offutt Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, speaks to a crowd of Team Offutt members Oct. 30, 2018, inside the Patriot Club at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, speaks to a crowd of Team Offutt members Oct. 30, 2018, inside the Patriot Club at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready air, space, cyber and intelligence forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles J. Haymond)

Offutt leaders welcome the arrival of U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
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Offutt leaders welcome the arrival of U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, Oct. 30, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Holmes visited Offutt to see the mission first-hand and to discuss ACC priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. --

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, along with his wife, Sara, visited Offutt AFB Oct. 30-31, 2018.

Holmes, the leader of the primary provider of air combat forces to America's warfighting commanders, met with Airmen, senior leaders, civic leaders and Offutt partner units to learn more about Offutt’s missions and hear what is on the minds of the members of Team Offutt.

“I’m here to talk about what you want to talk about and want perspective on,” Holmes told a gathering of squadron commanders and chief master sergeants. “Tell me what you want to know, and let’s talk.”

What followed was a candid, professional discussion on matters and issues important to today’s Airmen: readiness and retention, civilian hiring practices, officer and enlisted performance reporting, and empowerment.

“Autonomy is important to me because that’s how you keep me in the Air Force,” Holmes said. “A book I read recently, ‘Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,’ posits that what drives people in creative career fields like we’re in, is autonomy, mastery and purpose. It’s to have some task which is not easy and you have to work hard at; to be given autonomy by the people you work for to pursue desired results in your own way; and to have a strong sense of purpose as you carry out your work. 

“If we want to keep talented people in our Air Force, we need to offer meaning and purpose,” Holmes said. “Our young Airmen, both enlisted and commissioned, have to be able to look within their squadron and be able to say, ‘Look at my chief; look at my squadron superintendent and commander. Those are really good jobs; they’re good at it and they seem to be having a pretty good time doing them. I want the opportunity to do that someday.’”     

During general’s two-day stop, he covered nearly the entirety of mission-sets executed at or from Offutt during briefings, tours, working lunches and orientations. He inspected the runway, toured the installation deployment readiness center and visited the 557th Weather Wing and Heartland of America Band.

At each stop, Holmes thanked Airmen, both active-duty and civilian, for their dedication and work serving our nation. On more than one occasion, he took the opportunity to publically recognize an individual’s contribution to the team, presenting his commander’s coin to them as a small token of his appreciation.

During the visit, Sara met with Offutt-based spouses to discuss the key-spouse program and efforts to improve Airman and family resiliency for all of Team Offutt.

The 55th Wing, the host-unit for the base, provides dominant intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance; electronic attack; command and control; and precision awareness to national leadership and warfighters across the spectrum of conflict any time, any place. It is also home to U.S. Strategic Command, which deters strategic attack and employs forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of the nation and allies, as well as the 557th Weather Wing, which maximizing America's power through the exploitation of timely, accurate and relevant weather information; anytime, everywhere.