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Air Force civic leaders visit Andersen Airmen, receive introduction to mission

Air Force civic leaders visit Andersen Airmen, receive introduction to mission

A group of Air Force civic leaders walk past a B-52 Stratofortress on the flightline tour at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. A select party of community leaders visited the base during a civic leader tour hosted by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, which affords military members an opportunity to meet with local and international civic leaders to discuss best practices and projects supporting Airmen while stationed abroad, while introducing community leaders to Air Force operations in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Air Force civic leaders visit Andersen Airmen, receive introduction to mission

Members of the 554th RED HORSE Assault Assessment and Repair Operations team fast rope from a U.S. Navy UH-60 Helicopter during a civic leader visit demonstration at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. More than 20 select civic leaders accompanied Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Air Force operations on Guam. As liaisons, they serve connect the Air Force with its surrounding communities by explaining and interpreting Air Force programs to other key local influencers and to the general public through various outreach efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Air Force civic leaders visit Andersen Airmen, receive introduction to mission

Retired Maj. Gen. Bowen Ballard receives an introduction to the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress from Capt. Tom Heistuman, on Andersen Air Base, Guam, April 28, 2018, during a weeklong civic leader trip to several bases throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Air Force civic leaders are unpaid advisers, key communicators and advocates for the Air Force. Heistuman is a B-52 pilot with the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson and more than 20 select civic leaders arrived for a base tour April 27, 2018, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The tour allowed the civic leaders to view a new perspective of the military missions on island by getting a behind-the-scenes look into workcenters and flightline operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson and more than 20 select civic leaders arrived for a base tour April 27, 2018, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The tour allowed the civic leaders to view a new perspective of the military missions on island by getting a behind-the-scenes look into workcenters and flightline operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Air Force civic leaders visit Andersen Airmen, receive introduction to mission

Mr. David Nesbett, an Air Force civic leader, left, and Master Sgt. Che Bain, smile after shooting a light machine gun during a civic leader tour at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. Air Force civic leaders are unpaid advisors, key communicators and advocates for Air Force issues, who provide timely and locally relevant information on subjects of Air Force and community interest, especially subjects which have particular application in a civic leader’s local area. Bain is a 736th Security Forces Squadron superintendent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Air Force civic leaders visit Andersen Airmen, receive introduction to mission

Ms. Karrin Taylor, Air Force civic leader, left, and Brig. Gen. Edward Thomas, director of Public Affairs, office of the secretary of the Air Force, speak to Airmen assigned to the 736th Security Forces Squadron during a civic leader tour visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. The tour allowed the civic leaders to view a new perspective of the military missions on island by getting a behind-the-scenes look into workcenters and flightline operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Ms. Pam Younker, an Air Force civic leader, listens to a briefing in a hangar on Andersen Air Force, Guam, April 28, 2018, during a weeklong civic leader trip several bases throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Air Force civic leaders are unpaid advisers, key communicators and advocates for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Christopher Quail)

Ms. Pam Younker, an Air Force civic leader, listens to a briefing in a hangar on Andersen Air Force, Guam, April 28, 2018, during a weeklong civic leader trip several bases throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Air Force civic leaders are unpaid advisers, key communicators and advocates for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Christopher Quail)

Air Force civic leaders visit Andersen Airmen, receive introduction to mission

Mr. Lee Webber, Guam civic leader, fastens a helmet strap before shooting an M249 light machine gun during a civic leader tour at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. The 36th Wing hosted more than 20 civic leaders on a weeklong tour to Air Force Bases throughout the region. Civic leader visits offer select community members access to military missions to encourage and foster positive relationships between the local hosts and military communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson and more than 20 select civic pose for a photo during a base tour April 27, 2018, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The tour allowed the civic leaders to view a new perspective of the military missions on island by getting a behind-the-scenes look into workcenters and flightline operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson and more than 20 select civic pose for a photo during a base tour April 27, 2018, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The tour allowed the civic leaders to view a new perspective of the military missions on island by getting a behind-the-scenes look into workcenters and flightline operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Airmen from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron brief a group of Air Force civic leaders in a hangar on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. Air Force civic leaders are unpaid advisers, key communicators and advocates for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)
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Airmen from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron brief a group of Air Force civic leaders in a hangar on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. Air Force civic leaders are unpaid advisers, key communicators and advocates for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Expeditionary engineers of 554th RED HORSE Assault Assessment and Repair Operations brief Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson and a group of Air Force civic leaders at North-west Field, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. Civic leader visits offer select community members access to military missions to encourage and foster positive relationships between the local hosts and military communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)
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Expeditionary engineers of 554th RED HORSE Assault Assessment and Repair Operations brief Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson and a group of Air Force civic leaders at North-west Field, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 28, 2018. Civic leader visits offer select community members access to military missions to encourage and foster positive relationships between the local hosts and military communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – More than 20 select civic leaders joined Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Air Force operations on Guam, April 27-28.

Completing their fourth stop on a week-long tour of Pacific Air Forces stations throughout the Indo-Pacific region, civic leaders received briefings from deployed aircrews and maintenance personnel supporting the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence and got a rare glimpse into RQ-4 Global Hawk operations.

At Andersen AFB’s Northwest Field, the visiting officials viewed a live demonstration of the 554th RED HORSE Assault Assessment and Repair Operations Airmen, who fast-roped from a U.S. Navy UH-60 Helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25. In addition, Airmen with the 36th Contingency Response Group demonstrated deployment-readiness, airfield opening and contingency response capabilities in various skillsets.

The Air Force Civic Leader Program is an Air Staff-level program comprising major-command-selected community leaders from a wide variety of industries and sectors including banking and economic development, construction, manufacturing, education, healthcare, science and technology.

Civic leaders are unpaid advisers, key communicators and advocates for Air Force issues. Air Force leaders look to these subject-matter experts to provide ideas and feedback to the secretary of the Air Force, Air Force chief of staff, and Air Force senior leaders about public attitudes toward the Air Force and issues affecting military installations. As community liaisons, they likewise help local Air Force communities by explaining and relating Air Force programs, issues and current state of readiness to other decision makers and to the general public.

“Building awareness and understanding of our role in building partnerships in the region and protecting national security is key to maintaining public support for what we do,” said Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, 36th Wing commander. “Team Andersen works hard to stand ready, day and night, for our nation’s defense. We’re happy to show our visitors how our Airmen make that happen.”

Previously the tour stopped at various locations throughout the U.S. Pacific Air Forces area of operations, including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Kunsan Air Base, South Korea and Yokota Air Base, Japan.

For more information, contact the 36th Wing Public Affairs office at 366-2228 or 36wg.pa2@us.af.mil.