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USAFE-AFAFRICA commander praises Incirlik’s readiness

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Britt Hurst, 39th Air Base Wing commander visits with Spanish NATO allies at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, on Dec. 5, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Britt Hurst, 39th Air Base Wing commander visits with Spanish NATO allies at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, on Dec. 5, 2018. Wolters and Hurst received a brief from Lt. Col. Jose Alberto Muñoz, Spanish Patriot Unit commander, on their mission before the group discussed the importance of the NATO partnership. (U.S Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

U.S service members listen to U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, during an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018.

U.S service members listen to U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, during an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018. Wolters spoke about the significance of Incirlik’s mission, as well as the importance of taking care of one another during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kirby Turbak)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman George Garcia-Arcos, 39th Air Base Wing service member, receives a coin from U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, before an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman George Garcia-Arcos, 39th Air Base Wing service member, receives a coin from U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, before an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018. Wolters coined several Airmen for their dedication, both on and off duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kirby Turbak)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson, 39th Air Base Wing photojournalist, receives a coin from U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, before an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson, 39th Air Base Wing photojournalist, receives a coin from U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, before an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018. During the all-call, Wolters addressed how critical it is for Airmen to remain resilient as they are key in deterring our adversaries and protecting our nation’s allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kirby Turbak)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, speaks during an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, speaks during an all-call at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 6, 2018. During the all-call, Wolters discussed the importance of aiding allied forces and deterring our adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kirby Turbak)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --

U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, visited Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 5-6, 2018.

“When you wake up each and every morning, bring it strong and be ready,” said Wolters.

Readiness was the key theme throughout the visit. During his time here, Wolters met with the Spanish Patriot Unit and held an all-call to discuss his key priorities of resiliency, responsiveness and lethality.

Whether building interoperability with our NATO partners or dedicating time to innovate processes, Wolters emphasized that relationships and expertise are critical to maintaining the mission and have a direct role on the base’s readiness.

Wolters also explained that one of the reasons Incirlik Airmen have a high level of readiness is because the turnover rate requires Airmen to hit the ground running, to be subject matter experts faster than anywhere else, as members must be ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

“We continue to produce a set of Airmen that bounce through this wing and hit a degree of readiness that everybody else in the Air Force has to live up to, so you elevate everybody’s game,” said Wolters. “Readiness isn’t important, readiness is everything for our United States Air Force. Everything.”

In addition to praising the base’s readiness, Wolters stressed the importance of checking on one another.  Without resiliency and spending quality time with each other, the Air Force could lose an Airman, which would be devastating for the Titan family and the mission. 

“One suicide is too many,” said Wolters. “Suicides paralyze the mission, but if we take five seconds out of our day to look each other in the eyes and check, it could save an Airman.”

With his final remarks, Wolters thanked service members for their efforts and the hard work they do. As long as Airmen continue to work together, the United States Air Force will remain the most lethal force in the world.

“Be resilient, and be tough,” ended Wolters. “This allows you to work smarter, harder and better.”