Happy Holidays, Mobility Warriors!

By Gen Mike Minihan, Commander, Air Mobility Command

As we approach the holiday season, I find myself reflecting upon a year that was nothing short of extraordinary. The passion and commitment exhibited by our team of Total Force Mobility Airmen remains unparalleled, and my gratitude is unending. Airmen are the magic that powers the heart and soul f the Mobility Enterprise, and I am truly inspired by our team every day.

Air Mobility Command (AMC) sets the tempo for the Joint Force, and we are moving at a blistering pace. The deployment, maneuver, and sustainment tempo we set is unmatched by any other force in the world. From humanitarian support to combat operations, every mission showcases this peerless capability and our nation’s unwavering commitment. Our unity and strength resonate globally, reinforcing our allies’ confidence and giving pause to those who might wish to challenge the rules-based international order. Nothing this year illustrated our commitment more clearly than Mobility Guardian 2023.

Your efforts during Mobility Guardian were monumental. With tenacity and determination, we exploded into theater, moved with agility, and executed the gamut of capabilities in the most demanding environment on earth. We operated hand-in-glove with our allies and partners in every aspect of the exercise. Together, there can be no doubt—we are ready. As we look to 2024, it is imperative that we create irreversible momentum for the hard-won gains of the past two years. The challenges ahead may be daunting, but there is no doubt in my mind that this team will meet and overcome anything that comes our way.

Operationally, the pace has been incredible. It feels as though AMC has played a role in every major event throughout the year. Together, we provided humanitarian support after the earthquake in Turkey, we delivered security assistance to Ukraine, we conducted a non-combatant evacuation operation in South Sudan, and that is just the beginning of the list. We celebrated 100 years of aerial refueling and continued to bring more KC-46s online while divesting our KC-10 fleet. We transported and supported the President as he conducted high-level meetings throughout the United States, Europe, India, and Vietnam.

These triumphs do not come easily, and I am incredibly grateful for the sacrifices made by every one of you who make every day in AMC a success. I would particularly like to thank those of you who will not be able to spend this holiday with loved ones because you are flying, fixing, or supporting our non-stop missions around the world. Your dedication is a testament to the unyielding commitment and love for our nation and for each other, and your sacrifice is felt deeply.

The “Warrior Heart” ethos—elevating mind to the same level as body and craft—remains our guiding principle in creating a strong and resilient force.

Warrior Heart is not a program, but rather, about our climate and our culture. While we continue to expand our efforts in family support, housing, and education, nothing replaces the positive effect we have on each other as brothers and sisters in arms. During this holiday season, take a moment to reflect, to appreciate, and to refresh. If you can, reach out to a fellow Mobility Warrior, especially those away from home. Remind them that we are, and always will be, a family.

To our Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Civilian Airmen, you are the heartbeat of Air Mobility Command. My wife, Ashley, and I are filled with gratitude and pride for everything you represent. Let us embrace the promise of 2024 with fervor and determination.

I wish each of you peace, joy, and love this holiday season. LET’S GO!