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U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle visits the 366th Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, participates in a briefing during a tour of the 389th Fighter Squadron, March 7, 2016, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The 389th Fighter Squadron was established in 1945 and has been stationed at Mountain Home since 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, participates in a briefing during a tour of the 389th Fighter Squadron, March 7, 2016, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The 389th Fighter Squadron was established in 1945 and has been stationed at Mountain Home since 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chester Mientkiewicz/Released)

366th Fighter Wing leadership salutes an aircraft carrying U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, as it arrives at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Carlisle visited Mountain Home AFB airmen and get a firsthand look at the Gunfighters' mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth/Released)

366th Fighter Wing leadership salutes an aircraft carrying U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, as it arrives at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Carlisle visited Mountain Home AFB airmen and get a firsthand look at the Gunfighters' mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, enjoys a trip down a slide at the Gunfighter Kids' Gym with Command Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, ACC command chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Anedra Conlan, 366th Force Support Squadron sustainment flight superintendent, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Carlisle spent two days at the base meeting with airman and their units, discussing ongoing Air Force issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, enjoys a trip down a slide at the Gunfighter Kids' Gym with Command Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, ACC command chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Anedra Conlan, 366th Force Support Squadron sustainment flight superintendent, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Carlisle spent two days at the base meeting with airman and their units, discussing ongoing Air Force issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Jared Carlisle, 726th Air Control Squadron, quality assurance evaluator at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Gen. Carlisle joked with Staff Sgt. Carlisle when he realized they shared the same name. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Jared Carlisle, 726th Air Control Squadron, quality assurance evaluator at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Gen. Carlisle joked with Staff Sgt. Carlisle when he realized they shared the same name. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with airmen at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Airman had the opportunity to speak to Carlisle and ask questions during an all call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with airmen at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7, 2016. Airman had the opportunity to speak to Carlisle and ask questions during an all call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command visited squadrons around Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 7 and 8, to discuss mission priorities with subject matter experts and recognize superior performers.

“I don’t think there’s anybody closer [at the wing level] or better at what they do, or more tactically and operationally prepared to do the mission,” Carlisle said.

He addressed key topics from around the Air Force with more than 800 airmen, where he complimented the leadership and members of the 366th Fighter Wing, stressing that it all starts with the mission.

“Air power is indispensable to the defense of this nation,” he said. “You cannot win the joint war fight or protect our country if you don’t have air power.”

He also discussed two of the challenges the Air Force is facing; the first one being manning.

“We are in demand in every single position in every single organization we have,” Carlisle said. “The good news is we are not going to do any more force reductions, I don’t see us doing anything but growing.”

The second challenge that he discussed was the workload and frequent deployments— a byproduct of the Strike Eagles’ popularity.

“A single squadron of F-15E’s carries more ordnance farther with greater precision than an entire wing of F-16s,” he said. “So, when people are asking for a force the first thing a combatant commander is going to ask for is 18 [Strike Eagles].”

Carlisle assured that Air Combat Command, as the global force manager for the Combat Air Forces, is working hard to improve the operation tempo.