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Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visits with 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen Nov. 22, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Carlisle is visiting bases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to engage with Airmen and thank them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visits with 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen Nov. 22, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Carlisle is visiting bases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to engage with Airmen and thank them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, engages with 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Airmen during his tour of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Nov. 22, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The 379th EMDG was one of many units that the commander visited during his tour of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, engages with 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Airmen during his tour of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Nov. 22, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The 379th EMDG was one of many units that the commander visited during his tour of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visits with 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen Nov. 22, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The general and his wife, Gillian, thanked Airmen for their dedication and service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visits with 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen Nov. 22, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The general and his wife, Gillian, thanked Airmen for their dedication and service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, Air Combat Command command chief master sergeant, reunites with a wingman, Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Nugent, superintendent of the 379th Expeditionary Operations Group, Nov. 23, 2016, during a tour of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald (right), Air Combat Command command chief master sergeant, reunites with a wingman, Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Nugent (left), the 379th Expeditionary Operations Group superintendent, Nov. 23, 2016, during a tour of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with company-grade officers deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, during a mentoring session Nov. 21, 2016. Carlisle traveled to various bases in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command to visit with Airmen and address their concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with company-grade officers deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, during a mentoring session Nov. 21, 2016. Carlisle traveled to various bases in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command to visit with Airmen and address their concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, Air Combat Command command chief master sergeant, talks with enlisted Airmen deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, during a mentoring session Nov. 21, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, command chief master sergeant of Air Combat Command, talks with enlisted Airmen deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, during a mentoring session Nov. 21, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with Tech. Sgt. James Frye, 577th Prime BEEF Squadron, about the capabilities of his squadron during a visit Nov. 21, 2016 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Carlisle is visiting bases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to engage with Airmen and thank them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, talks with Tech. Sgt. James Frye, 577th Prime BEEF Squadron, about the capabilities of his squadron during a visit Nov. 21, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Carlisle is visiting bases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to engage with Airmen and thank them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, leads 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group Airmen in a chant after his visit Nov. 21, 2016 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Carlisle is visiting bases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to engage with Airmen and thank them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, leads 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group Airmen in a chant after his visit Nov. 21, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Carlisle is visiting bases in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to engage with Airmen and thank them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visited the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Nov. 22 during his tour of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

 

Accompanied by his wife, Gillian, and Chief Master Sgt. Steve McDonald, ACC command chief master sergeant, Carlisle explained they were here strictly for the Airmen.

 

The commander addressed Airmen across the base, reminding them no one can match their dedication, discipline and quality of character, as well as to give his thanks for the work that they do.

 

“While the rest of the world is getting ready for the holidays, you are here protecting our way of life and the nation thanks you for that sacrifice,” the commander said.

 

Carlisle added Airmen should take care of themselves, and more importantly, take care of each other.

 

“Never forget the impact you have made and will make for the defense of our nation,” he said.

 

In addition to visiting the 379th AEW, Mrs. Carlisle also had a chance to dine with female Airmen and current key spouses to identify and discuss challenges facing deployed servicewomen.

 

“My husband will say it is his job to help you, the Airmen,” Mrs. Carlisle said. “That is what I am here to do too; I want to listen to your concerns and do my best to work things up the chain.”

 

During more than two years as Commander of Air Combat Command, Carlisle has used visits like this to deployed bases and home stations to inform decisions and advocacy aimed at improving combat air forces supporting Air Forces Centeral.

 

ACC's current efforts include funding aircraft modernization, boosting the number of Airmen in core missions, making the Air Force's Remotely Piloted Aircraft and intelligence operations more sustainable, and improving Airmen's quality of life.