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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force commander, adjusts his bayonet while preparing to don his aviator mask prior to his familiarization flight July 11, 2012, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. While Rand was here, he had the opportunity to visit places such as the 366th Medical Group, 428th Fighter Squadron, the 366th Maintenance Group, and host a trio of commander’s calls. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather Hayward)
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3-Star Gunfighter visit

Posted 7/13/2012   Updated 7/13/2012 Email story   Print story


by Airman Shane M. Phipps
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

7/13/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Emphasizing Gunfighter capabilities, Mountain Home Airmen had the privilege of welcoming the commander of the 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, July 10.

Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, who also holds the title of commander of Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, was accompanied by his wife, Kim, and the 12th AF Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Jr. The general's three-day itinerary was packed with numerous events ensuring he saw the full spectrum of Gunfighter talents.

The agenda included a visit to the 428th Fighter Squadron, Republic of Singapore Air Force; an F-15E familiarization flight, and a tour of the 366th Medical Group. Throughout the visit he stopped to recognize several Gunfighters for their outstanding contributions to the Air Force mission, and hosted three commander's calls.

"It was enlightening to be able to hear the general speak to such a small and focused group at the Company Grade Officers' call," said 1st Lt. Sarah Allen, 366th Mission Support Group executive officer. "Listening to the advice of someone with so much experience can teach you a lot, and I felt privileged to be in the audience."

At each commander's call, Rand shared some of his 33 years of leadership experience with the audience.

"I like leaders who are approachable and humble, and who deflect credit to others when things go well, and I want you to be that kind of leader," explained Rand. "I also like good manners, because good manners equal good discipline."

The importance of Airmen balancing their personal and professional lives was another popular topic addressed by the general.

"If I could take one thing away from what the general said, it would be that we need to make families a top priority from the highest level of leadership to the level of front-line supervisors," stated Allen. "It's the only way to ensure we remain a healthy and truly cohesive team as a military."

Rand concluded each commander's call in emphasizing his appreciation for the high caliber of Airmen at MHAFB.

"I want to thank every one of you for your service and sacrifice," exclaimed Rand. "I am honored to serve with you."

Rand went on to tell the group that they were an exceptional group of young men and women who make him extremely proud.

"I speak to you now as a father, husband and grandfather - thank God that we have folks like you to stand in the gap for us," he said. "I don't know where we get you from, I don't know exactly what motivates you, I don't know why you do what you do, but I am grateful for it. Go big or go home."

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