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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Airmen during an all-call at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Airmen during an all-call at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

U.S. Air Force Col. George T.M. Dietrich III and Command Chief Master Sgt. Gary Berry, 673rd Air Base Wing commander and command chief, greet U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, as he toured Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Col. George T.M. Dietrich III and Command Chief Master Sgt. Gary Berry, 673rd Air Base Wing commander and command chief, greet U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, as he toured Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, presents a commander’s coin to outstanding Airmen during an all-call at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, presents a commander’s coin to outstanding Airmen during an all-call at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

Donna O’Shaughnessy, spouse of Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of Pacific Air Forces, presents a candy-lei to Senior Airman Benjamin Haase, an Airman with the 673d Medical Operation Squadron, at the Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson (JBER) hospital, Feb. 7, 2017. Mrs. O’Shaughnessy also had the chance to visit with JBER first sergeants’ spouses to discuss current issues and concerns on the installation.

Donna O’Shaughnessy, spouse of Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of Pacific Air Forces, presents a candy-lei to Senior Airman Benjamin Haase, an Airman with the 673d Medical Operation Squadron, at the Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson (JBER) hospital, Feb. 7, 2017. Mrs. O’Shaughnessy also had the chance to visit with JBER first sergeants’ spouses to discuss current issues and concerns on the installation.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, left, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, inspects snow removal vehicles belonging to the 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron while touring Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. PACAF leadership toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, left, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, inspects snow removal vehicles belonging to the 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron while touring Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. PACAF leadership toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Airmen during an all-call at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Airmen during an all-call at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

Donna O’Shaughnessy, spouse of U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces comander, walks with Col. Tambra Yates, 673rd Medical Group commander, after meeting with Exceptional Family Member Program families at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hospital, Feb. 7, 2017.

Donna O’Shaughnessy, spouse of U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces comander, walks with Col. Tambra Yates, 673rd Medical Group commander, after meeting with Exceptional Family Member Program families at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hospital, Feb. 7, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Airmen during an all-call, at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Airmen during an all-call, at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, interacts with Airmen at the 525th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. PACAF leadership toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, interacts with Airmen at the 525th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. PACAF leadership toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Miller, assigned to the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, left, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, at the 525th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as Johnson toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. PACAF leadership toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Miller, assigned to the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, left, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, at the 525th Fighter Squadron on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as Johnson toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. PACAF leadership toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, interacts with Airmen at the 525th Fighter Squadron in front of an F-22 Raptor on Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, as he tours the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy also held an all-call to speak to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from Airmen.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, interacts with Airmen at the 525th Fighter Squadron in front of an F-22 Raptor on Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, as he tours the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy also held an all-call to speak to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from Airmen.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, right, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, center, interact with Airmen assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Joint Readiness Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as they toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy also held an all-call to speak to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from Airmen.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, right, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, center, interact with Airmen assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Joint Readiness Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as they toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy also held an all-call to speak to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from Airmen.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, left, shakes hands with Airmen assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Joint Readiness Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, left, shakes hands with Airmen assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Joint Readiness Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, left, shakes hands with Airmen assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Joint Readiness Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, left, shakes hands with Airmen assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at the Joint Readiness Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, applauds an Airman after presenting her with a commander’s coin at the Joint Mobility Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, applauds an Airman after presenting her with a commander’s coin at the Joint Mobility Complex on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, listens to a joint mission briefing about how Airmen and Soldiers work together at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, to maintain a power projection platform as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, listens to a joint mission briefing about how Airmen and Soldiers work together at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, to maintain a power projection platform as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, Pacific Air Forces command chief, shakes hands with Master Sgt. Adrianne Murphy, assigned to the 673rd Air Base Wing, on Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson (JBER), Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. Johnson visited with JBER Airmen for the first time since assuming his position as the command’s senior enlisted leader.
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, Pacific Air Forces command chief, shakes hands with Master Sgt. Adrianne Murphy, assigned to the 673rd Air Base Wing, on Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson (JBER), Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. Johnson visited with JBER Airmen for the first time since assuming his position as the command’s senior enlisted leader.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, presents a commander’s coin to Tech Sgt. Keenan Kelley, assigned to the 673rd Air Base Wing, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first- hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, presents a commander’s coin to Tech Sgt. Keenan Kelley, assigned to the 673rd Air Base Wing, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as he toured the base, Feb. 7, 2017. O’Shaughnessy toured various facilities throughout the installation to meet with Airmen and get a first- hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska --

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Feb. 5 to 7, to thank Airmen for their dedication to the command’s mission, and learn about operations and readiness at the base.

During the visit, the PACAF leaders toured facilities throughout the installation to meet Airmen and get a first-hand look at the broad spectrum of JBER mission sets.

They received briefings on Alaskan Command’s Mission Assurance, Homeland Defense and Civil Support mission sets, and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The Air Defense Squadron commander also discussed the unit’s task to surveil, identify and track aircraft in the ANR and to provide tactical battle management of air assets.

O’Shaughnessy explained how the Indo-Asia-Pacific region is undergoing a dynamic shift that drives the importance of operationalizing PACAF to be ready to provide rapid airpower across the theater at a moment’s notice.

“PACAF is first and foremost a warfighting command,” O’Shaughnessy said. “The dynamic change in the region has forced us to be ready to fight at a moment’s notice.”

Furthering the “fight tonight” mentality, O’ Shaughnessy spoke with F-22 Raptor pilots and took part in a simulation that demonstrated the aircraft’s 5th-generation capabilities. He also spoke of the value of bringing the F-35 Lightning II to U.S. Pacific Command, which will further expand allied 5th-generation capabilities in the region.

“We’re excited to bring the F-35 to the theater,” O’Shaughnessy said. “Now it’s not just the U.S. Air Force flying, but also our allies, partners and joint brethren. Flying with our F-22s and fourth generation aircraft, this new fighter will ensure air superiority against potential adversaries for years to come.”

O’Shaughnessy also held an all-call to speak to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from Airmen.

“Our Airmen are by far the most important thing that we as PACAF bring to our combatant commander,” he said. “Our leadership at all levels is what separates us and makes us the best air force on the planet.”

During the all-call, Johnson also emphasized the importance of leadership and innovative ideas.

“We have to lead by example in all areas and take care of each other,” he stressed. “At the end of the day we may spend more time with one another in uniform than we sometimes do with our families in order to complete the mission.”

The general concluded his visit by thanking the Airmen of JBER for their continued hard work and effort to deliver airpower in support of the combatant command.

“I truly want to thank you for what you do and your contributions to the mission,” he said. “You have a huge impact within the area of responsibility and beyond.”