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COMUSAFE visits Incirlik

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, left, meets U.S. Air Force Col. Randy Oakland, 39th Air Base Wing commander, and Turkish air force Brig. Gen. Gürel Özusta, 10th Tanker Base commander, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Jan. 30, 2020. Harrigian Visited Incirlik and met with commanders of various units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, left, meets U.S. Air Force Col. Randy Oakland, 39th Air Base Wing commander, and Turkish air force Brig. Gen. Gürel Özusta, 10th Tanker Base commander, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Jan. 30, 2020. Harrigian Visited Incirlik and met with commanders of various units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of United States Air Forces Europe – Air Forces Africa, visited Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Jan. 30, 2020.
The general toured various U.S. facilities and met with Airmen assigned to the installation.


During his visit, he thanked Airmen for their role in accomplishing the U.S. mission along NATO’s southern flank, and outlined his most important priorities for the 39th Air Base Wing.


“Our priorities start with people,” he said. “It has to do with our readiness, our posture and our partnerships. The environment here really fosters opportunities to take care of each other and build strong teams to execute the mission together.”


Harrigian also emphasized the importance of Operation GRIT—USAFE-AFAFRICA’s program to bolster resilience among military and civilian personnel in the major command. Operation GRIT is the commander’s tool for building Airmen’s resiliency through candid communication among colleagues.


“The feedback we received through surveys has been very positive,” he said. ”The important part is the discussion that allows Airmen to continue to evolve. This is about people connecting with people and talking to each other, that way they know they have a system of wingmen to rely on in case they need help—a friend they can talk to.”


The MAJCOM commander concluded his visit by thanking the Airmen, and encouraging them to support each other during the duration of their tour of duty at Incirlik. He also encouraged each Airman to find creative ways to inspire themselves to be the best individual they can be, despite serving on a remote tour at Incirlik.


“It’s an important mission here that the Airmen are executing,” Harrigian said. “It’s a very dynamic environment; things are changing every day. I very much appreciate that they keep their eye on the ball. I have zero doubts that they are ready to execute.”


“At the end of the day, everybody has to figure out what keeps them motivated and energized,” he continued. “What allows them the time to think and have the necessary balance they need in their life to keep the grass growing? It’s going to be different for everybody. Make sure you figure out what works for you.”