Wednesday 13, December 2017


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Nov17 front page imageAt the Chapter Meeting on 14 November our guest speaker was Major General John K. McMullen, Deputy Commander, Air Combat Command. General McMullen's presentation on Air Combat Command -- "Control and Exploit the Air" -- provided a brief breakdown of ACC's structure and mission while highlighting current priorities, challenges and opportunities. On the structure and mission of the command, General McMullen's points were:
  • ACC provides forces and Combined Air Components Commanders (CFACCs) to U.S. Central (USAFCENT), Northern (USAFNORTH) and Southern Commands (USAFSOUTH)
  • ACC is also a force provider to other Combatant Commanders including U.S. European, Pacific and Strategic Commands
  • ACC accomplishes its "Organize, Train and Equip" mission through the USAF Warfare Center, 1st Air Force, 9th Air Force, 12th Air Force, and 25th Air Force.
He also conveyed that the Commander, Air Combat Command (COMACC), General Mike Holmes has established ACC's Mission: "Control and Exploit the Air." To accomplish that mission, General Holmes is focused on three priorities:
  • Improve Squadron Readiness
  • Build better Joint Leaders
  • Bring the Future Faster
General McMullen laid out in detail the challenges and opportunities that he sees in ACC's future. Challenges included:
  • The current USAF pilot shortage
  • The Warrant Officer aviator hurdle
  • The Shortage of aircraft maintainers looming on the horizon
  • BRAC possibilities in the future
Opportunities were:
  • Enlisted opportunities to become RQ-4 pilots
  • Potential RPA expansion at Shaw AFB
  • UAV base location expansions to improve morale of operators and provide more relocation opportunities
  • Consolidation of the 24th and 25th in an effort to better integrate the service's cyber and ISR capabilities and reduce redundancies in staffing
  • Future F-35 beddown locations at non-CONUS bases that currently operate similar fighter aircraft
  • Light Attack Aircraft experiment underway
The Chapter was honored to have General McMullen with us and look forward to additional opportunities for speakers from the command to visit with us.

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