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AMC Command team visits 521 AMOW during Operation Allies Refuge

721st Aerial Port Squadron flag.

Airmen from the 721st Aerial Port Squadron show U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, a whiteboard at “ATOC Forward” in Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. It’s around this whiteboard the team has established a mobile Air Terminal Operations Center to monitor scheduling and passenger processing, and to coordinate with interagency partners and aircrew to move flights to the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kiaundra Miller)

General is briefed by a Captain.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, receive a brief from Capt. Stephanie Servi, USAFE/A1 chief of readiness operations branch, about personnel processing for outbound travel through Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Hangar 5 is the only C-5 capable hangar overseas, and is currently doubling as an international air terminal for processing Afghan travelers during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kiaundra Miller)

Leadership takes a selfie.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, takes a “selfie” with Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, and “Port Dawgs” from the 721st Aerial Port Squadron, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. AMC leadership visited the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing to thank Airmen for their continued support to Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kiaundra Miller)

General shakes hands with Airmen.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 521st Aerial Port Squadron receive thanks from U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, inside of Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. The visit was intended to show Van Ovost how Airmen stationed at Ramstein have supported Operation Allies Refuge, and the amazing work they have done to ensure travelers were processed and taken care of. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kiaundra Miller)

Captain briefs General.

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Burdick, 721st Aerial Port Squadron flight commander, details Ramstein Air Base passenger processing operations for Operation Allies Refuge to Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. The visit was intended to show Van Ovost how Airmen stationed at Ramstein have supported Operation Allies Refuge, and the amazing work they have done to ensure travelers were processed and taken care of. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kiaundra Miller)

General thanks Airmen.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 721st Aerial Port Squadron receive gratitude from U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, outside of Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Van Ovost, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, visited the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing to thank Airmen for their continued support to Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kiaundra Miller)

Leadership walks in group.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander (left), Col. Elizabeth Hanson, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing vice commander (middle), and Col. Adrienne Williams, 521st AMOW commander, walk outside of the 521st AMOW headquarters building at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. AMC is responsible for providing Rapid Global Mobility in support of national security requirements, including the recent airlift of more than 124,000 evacuees from Afghanistan, many of whom were processed by the 521st AMOW and Ramstein’s 86th Airlift Wing during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kiaundra Miller)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, visited the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany from Sept. 9-10, 2021.

With approximately 34,100 evacuees having processed through the base since the beginning of the evacuation mission, the visit was intended to show the commander and chief how Airmen stationed at Ramstein have supported the Afghan travelers.

“It’s unbelievable what this team has had to face and how you have solved the problem sets thrown at you,” Van Ovost said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work of the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing and their teams.”

In addition to witnessing how Airmen are contributing to the monumental mission that is Operation Allies Refuge, Van Ovost thanked AMOW Airmen and showed them their work is recognized.

“What can I say [about the 521st AMOW OAR efforts] other than historic,” Van Ovost said. “What you did will be read about. Someday we’re going to write a book about this and the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing needs to be front and center.”

Despite the long hours, Kruzelnick reminded Airmen what all of their hard-work means for the futures of the Afghan evacuees.

“As we go back to the U.S., we’re seeing happy people running through the green fields, playing soccer.” Kruzelnick said. “They know their life has changed by all of the faces and people they have met within this wing, the people that touched their hearts and changed their lives.”

Despite the outbound processing of more than 24,000 travelers who have departed from Ramstein to the United States or another safe location, the wing still maintained mission readiness while supporting the evacuation mission.

“This is what you were built to do… the nation depended on you and they didn’t know it,” Van Ovost said. “This operation happened on the backs of this wing and you delivered.”

Regardless of the mission, whether it be working with interagency partners to establish an international air terminal in a C-5 maintenance hangar or maintaining, fleeting and ensuring aircraft takeoff on time, AMC Airmen maintain Rapid Global Mobility, every day.

“We are so proud to be a part of this team, we are so inspired and have nothing but appreciation, deep care and love for everything everybody does,” Kruzelnick said. “Proud to be, AMC!”