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USAFE-AFAFRICA commander visits 100th ARW Airmen

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa commander, discusses his priorities during an all-call at Hangar 814 on RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian stressed the importance of strengthening partnerships through various exercises and a shared, common goal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa commander, discusses his priorities during an all-call at Hangar 814 on RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian stressed the importance of strengthening partnerships through various exercises and a shared, common goal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, discusses security measures with members of the 100th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. Harrigian made his first visit to RAF Mildenhall since assuming command in May 2019, speaking to Airmen on the importance of their mission and highlighting his vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, discusses security measures with members of the 100th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. Harrigian made his first visit to RAF Mildenhall since assuming command in May 2019, speaking to Airmen on the importance of their mission and highlighting his vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, receives a KC-135 Stratotanker briefing from Capt. Marissa “Doom” Strauss, 351st Air Refueling Squadron weapons officer, during a visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian introduced his three priorities as USAFE-AFAFRICA commander – readiness, posture and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, receives a KC-135 Stratotanker briefing from Capt. Marissa “Doom” Strauss, 351st Air Refueling Squadron weapons officer, during a visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian introduced his three priorities as USAFE-AFAFRICA commander – readiness, posture and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, shares a laugh with members of the 100th Communications Squadron during his visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian introduced his three priorities as USAFE-AFAFRICA commander – readiness, posture and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, shares a laugh with members of the 100th Communications Squadron during his visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian introduced his three priorities as USAFE-AFAFRICA commander – readiness, posture and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, is shown an Integrated Communication Respirator by Master Sgt. William Bell, 100th Maintenance Squadron accessories flight chief, and Mia Tobitt, 100th MXS Continuous Process Improvement manager, during a visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian stressed the importance of strengthening partnerships through various exercises and a shared, common goal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, is shown an Integrated Communication Respirator by Master Sgt. William Bell, 100th Maintenance Squadron accessories flight chief, and Mia Tobitt, 100th MXS Continuous Process Improvement manager, during a visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian stressed the importance of strengthening partnerships through various exercises and a shared, common goal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, receives a logistics briefing from Staff Sgt. Amir Adams, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron member, at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian discussed how crucial RAF Mildenhall is to our allies all over the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, receives a logistics briefing from Staff Sgt. Amir Adams, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron member, at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian discussed how crucial RAF Mildenhall is to our allies all over the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, salutes Senior Airman Sadie Gulley, 100th Security Forces Squadron member, after receiving a security briefing at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian discussed how crucial RAF Mildenhall is to our allies all over the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, salutes Senior Airman Sadie Gulley, 100th Security Forces Squadron member, after receiving a security briefing at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During the visit, Harrigian discussed how crucial RAF Mildenhall is to our allies all over the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

RAF MILDENHALL, England --

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa commander, met with Team Mildenhall Airmen as part of his visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019.

Harrigian spoke to Airmen about the importance and uniqueness of the only permanent air refueling mission in Europe and Africa, and highlighted his vision since assuming command in May.

“There wasn’t one Bloody Hundredth Airmen I met who wasn’t excited about the mission set at RAF Mildenhall,” Harrigian said. “Being the premier air refueling mission in this part of the world instills a sense of pride and motivation to get the job done every day, and that’s why I’ll do everything in my power to get these men and women the resources they need to lead the fight.”

During an all-call, Harrigian discussed how crucial RAF Mildenhall is to our allies all over the region and he introduced his three priorities as the new USAFE-AFAFRICA commander – readiness, posture and partnerships.

“The world is ever-evolving right now, and as a premier fighting force, we must all be prepared to meet any new challenges that come our way,” Harrigian said. “The training our men and women receive sends a message to our adversaries that we mean business. Our ability to win the fight is heightened by strengthening our partnerships through various exercises and a shared common goal.”

As a part of his visit, Harrigian visited with 100th Security Forces Squadron defenders, engaged with RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath squadron commanders and had the opportunity to interact with Team Mildenhall junior noncommissioned officers, members of the Chiefs Group and the First Sergeants Council.

Wing leadership also provided the general with a tour of all of the major improvements and expansion on the installation and the opportunity to see daily operations – the command post, communications, logistics and maintenance innovation.

Harrigian stressed how important it is that every Airmen have the proper balance in life, but also the responsibility to always be mission ready.


“To have an outstanding fighting force, we must have people who are fit in all aspects of life – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual,” Harrigian remarked. “However, when you are in your work center, on the flight line or downrange, remember how important our mission is and how vital you all are to the success of the United States Air Force.”