An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Nov. 30, 2015

11th Air Force Commander Visits Andersen, Talks Future Challenges

By Senior Airman Cierra Presentado 36th Wing Public Affairs

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, 11th Air Force commander, visited service members here Nov. 21- 24, to survey daily missions on base and discuss future developments throughout the Pacific Air Forces.

Together with the 11th Air Force command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Gay Veale, the general visited various work centers to talk with Airmen about concerns and questions within their units and the Air Force as a whole. From a changing enlisted evaluations system to changing force structure, Veale commented on current developments within the total force.

"I can assure you Air Force leaders are working very hard to make sure we get out the best product for you all," Veale said about the changes to enlisted performance reports and promotions. "This is a big change we need in our Air Force and I am very excited to see all the changes about to take place."

During the visit, the general and command chief also conducted a late-night visit with Airmen who work night shifts at the 36th Security Forces, Force Support, Air Mobility and Operations Support Squadrons.

"When we come to visit, the night shifts are often left out so we wanted to give them the chance to be able to talk to us as well and let us know what their concerns are," Veale continued.

Throughout his visit Handy commented on the continued need to upgrade facilities and capabilities to meet changing requirements of the ongoing strategic pivot to the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

"Team Andersen's infrastructure is right-sized for the continuous bomber presence and for the wing to do its day-to-day mission, but not for the future plans we have for the base," he said. "Our first priority will be to build the infrastructures needed to improve the quality of life for our Airmen."

After visiting with leaders from Team Andersen, Naval Base Guam and Joint Region Marianas, Handy ended his visit with a base wide all call. He thanked the Airmen for their hard work and dedication to supporting the mission during a period of global uncertainty.

"I would like to thank all of you for your service, dedication and all of the amazing things you continue to do in these uncertain times," Handy said. "I know it's not easy and there are a lot of questions out there ... keep asking questions and keep talking.
Only those who are air-minded and focus their professional and intellectual energy on integrating air, space and cyber can ... provide essential advice to our senior leadership. We've done it before and tackled harder problems and we've always transformed and made it happen. I know you guys will do it again."



JBER supports expeditionary forces during major exercise
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron take off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 7, 2024, for Agile Reaper 24-1. AR 24-1 is an effort from JBER’s 3rd Air Expeditionary Wing to exercise Agile Combat Employment. The exercise will use combat-representative roles and processes to deliberately target all participants as a training audience and stress the force’s capability to generate combat air power across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick Sullivan)
April 17, 2024 - The 673d Air Base Wing enhanced its ability to project forces in support of the 3rd Air Expeditionary Wing’s exercise Agile Reaper 24-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 1 through 17...

U.S. Coast Guard conducts medical evacuation and delivers drought relief in Federated States of Micronesia
The crew of USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) arrive to Woleai, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, on April 12, 2024, with an injured 9-year-old boy and his parents for further transport aboard a Pacific Mission Aviation flight to a higher level of medical care in Yap. Upon arriving to Satawal to deliver drought relief supplies in partnership with USAID and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the U.S. Coast Guard crew was informed of the boy's injury sustained when he fell from a tree. The ship's EMT, Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Pablo, consulted a U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon who recommended the medevac and provided care throughout the more than 13-hour overnight transit. This effort showcases the humanitarian spirit and readiness of the U.S. Coast Guard to respond to emergent health concerns. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
April 17, 2024 - Following a high-profile rescue of three mariners from Pikelot Atoll, the U.S. Coast Guard, operating through the USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) and coordinated by U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam with U.S...

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With People's Republic of China (PRC) Minister of National Defense Admiral Dong Jun
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
April 16, 2024 - Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder provided the following readout...

Philippine, U.S. Troops to Kick Off Exercise Balikatan 2024
Philippine and U.S. service members pose for a photograph with barangay captains, religious leaders, San Fernando officials, La Union residents, San Agustin Elementary School faculty and staff, and students during a ‘Bundles of Joy’ event held before Exercise Balikatan 24 at San Agustin Elementary School in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines, April 13, 2024. The ‘Bundle of Joy’ delivery consisted of televisions, laptops, printers, and school supplies to improve the learning environment for students, staff, and San Agustin Elementary School faculty. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trent A. Henry)
April 16, 2024 - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the U.S. military will conduct the 39th iteration of Balikatan, the largest annual bilateral training exercise between the two Allies, from April 22 to May 10...

Tinian FOS serves as power projection platform during Exercise Agile Reaper 24-1
After delivering personnel and cargo in support of Exercise Agile Reaper 24-1, a C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base Japan, departs Tinian Forward Operating Site, Northern Mariana Islands, April 9, 2024. AR 24-1 is a 3rd Wing-initiated exercise that focuses on Agile Combat Employment and employs a hub-and-spoke concept of operations with Tinian FOS serving as one of the four disaggregated spokes working under the hub situated at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The exercise employs combat-representative roles and processes to deliberately target all participants as a training audience and stress the force’s capability to generate combat air power in an expeditious manner across the Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Curt Beach)
April 15, 2024 - The remote island of Tinian, located in the western Pacific Ocean, represents a vital chapter in military and world history. The island once was home to the U.S. military’s largest B-29 Superfortress fleet, which launched the...