Meet your new leadership: Lt. Col. George Buch, 728th AMS commander

Lt. Col. Geroge Buch is the 728th Air Mobility Squadron commander. Buch took command of the 728th AMS June 16, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce/Released)

Lt. Col. Geroge Buch is the 728th Air Mobility Squadron commander. Buch took command of the 728th AMS June 16, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce/Released)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- This summer brought in many new faces to Incirlik AB. Many of these Airmen are new squadron commanders, group commanders and even a vice wing commander. To help members of Team Incirlik gain a better understanding of who their leadership is and what their expectations may be, the 39th Air Base Wing public affairs office, is releasing a series of personality features on our new leaders.

Question: Why did you decide to join the Air Force and why do you continue to serve?
Answer: I joined to serve my country. I come from a long line of military and serving is part of our tradition. I continue to serve because I love our country and I feel it is my duty to protect my family and friends.

Q: What is one of your proudest achievements in your military career?
A:There are so many...parking Air Force one. Another proud moment in my career was when our C-130 crew would take Soldiers out of harm's way, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Q: Is there a leader from your career that influenced you the most? If so, who, and how did they affect the way you lead?
A: Maj. Gen. Schatz U.S. Transportation Command J-3. He led by example and always challenged us to be better but in a way which made us want to be more.

Q: Leaders often face a significant challenge or watershed moment early on in their careers that influence their formation as leaders. Did you have any moments like these that helped shape you into the leader you are today?
A: Too many bad apples whether they were peers or commanders which made me want to be the right example for our Airmen.

Q: What is your personal mission statement?
A: Simply put - Lead by example in everything I do and improve my unit and the Air Force.

Q: What values and ethics are the most important you, and what do you expect from your Airmen?
A: Honor and integrity are most important for me. I expect my Airmen to lead by example and respect and take care of each other.

Q: What is your strategic vision for your organization?
A:To help shape our squadron and Air Mobility Operations Wing for the future.

Q: What are some of your expectations for the Airmen you lead, and why?
A:  - Accomplish the mission and exceed standards
      - Take care of each other and treat people with dignity and respect
      - Maintain balance in life 
      - Be on time
      - Always try to improve communication 
I have many more and I provided two pages of not only expectations for my Airmen but what they can expect from me.

Q: What are your mission expectations from the units you lead?
A: To continue to meet and exceed all Air Mobility Command expectations and to be the location of choice to move people, cargo, and information to support our combatant commanders and warfighters.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A:
This is the best job in the Air Force because every day I make a difference for the mission and the people I lead.