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Top ACC leaders visit Al Udeid

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, visited Airmen to thank them for ‘saying yes’ to serving their nation down range. Holmes and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief, presented coins to several outstanding Airmen during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, visited Airmen to thank them for ‘saying yes’ to serving their nation down range. Holmes and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief, presented coins to several outstanding Airmen during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Brig. Gen. Jason Armagost, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, walk to the 379th AEW Wing Operations Center during a visit from ACC leadership Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

U.S. Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Brig. Gen. Jason Armagost, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, walk to the 379th AEW Wing Operations Center during a visit from ACC leadership Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During their visit, Holmes and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief, visited various wing facilities to learn the latest about the 379th's mission and to thank several of the outstanding Airmen who make that mission possible. ACC organizes, trains, and equips the Airmen who fight in and from multiple domains to control the air, space, and cyberspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, Air Combat Command command chief, interacts with Airmen during lunch at the Manhattan Dining Facility Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, Air Combat Command command chief, interacts with Airmen during lunch at the Manhattan Dining Facility Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During their visit, Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, and Batten thanked front-line Airmen key to revitalizing deployed squadron readiness and committed to the mission of delivering decisive air and space power on behalf of U.S. Central Command for the security and stability of the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, Air Combat Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Joshua Kampfe, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, Air Combat Command command chief, coins Senior Airman Joshua Kampfe, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During their visit, Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of ACC , and Batten commended Airmen for their outstanding performance and service to the nation while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, provides his knowledge and expertise to Airmen during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, provides his knowledge and expertise to Airmen during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. As the commander of ACC, Holmes is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the Airmen who fight in and from multiple domains to control the air, space, and cyberspace. During their visit, Holmes and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief, connected with Airmen to see the latest outstanding work they do for U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, shares his knowledge and experience with Airmen during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, shares his knowledge and experience with Airmen during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During their visit, Holmes and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief, met and thanked leader-Airmen assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, shows his appreciation to 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen for their daily contributions to U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s mission to deliver decisive air and space power for the security and stability of the region during a visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, shows his appreciation to 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen for their daily contributions to U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s mission to deliver decisive air and space power for the security and stability of the region during a visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, Brig. Gen Jason Armagost, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander (center left), and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief (left), listen to a control tower mission briefing from Maj. Donald Roley, 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, Brig. Gen Jason Armagost, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander (center left), and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief (left), listen to a control tower mission briefing from Maj. Donald Roley, 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During their visit, Holmes and Batten, visited various facilities to gain better awareness of the Al Udeid mission and meet the Airmen who conduct operations there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command , listens to force protection Airmen deployed to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command , listens to force protection Airmen deployed to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron during an ACC leadership visit Feb. 11, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During their visit, Holmes and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief, recognized outstanding Airmen by presenting coins for their exceptional service to U.S. Air Force Central Command’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- Air Combat Command’s top leaders traveled to Al Udeid Feb. 11, 2019, to visit deployed Airmen and discuss ACC support to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command mission delivering decisive air and space power on behalf of U.S. Central Command for the security and stability of the region.

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, ACC command chief, began the visit by meeting with Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, AFCENT commander, and Brig. Gen Jason Armagost, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, to learn more about the local mission and challenges deployed Airmen face in the region.

"We had a couple of purposes for this visit,” said Holmes. “The first one was to come to Al Udeid to visit with General Guastella and leadership at AFCENT to figure out what changes are going to be made this year, our posture, and see what ACC can do to support that. Our second purpose, as always, is to visit with our Airmen that are deployed and appreciate them for saying 'yes' and volunteering to come over here."

During his interaction with Airmen across the installation, Holmes expressed the importance of the Air Force’s work at Al Udeid, and the direct impact it has on security worldwide.

“What Airmen do is still important. Our country still needs them,” said Holmes. “We want to keep the bad guys over here and disrupt them so they can't plan attacks against our families and people we care about back home. Airmen play an important role in that.”

Throughout their visit, Holmes and Batten coined exceptional performers from units within the Combined Air Operations Center, 379th Wing Staff Agencies, 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

“We want to come out here to recognize and thank these Airmen for taking time away from their lives and raising their hand to volunteer to come down range and be away from their family,” said Batten. “What stands out every time I talk with deployed Airmen is how focused they are on their mission and how eager they are to come out here and serve. That mission focus is amazing.”