AFMC commander highlights new AFMC mission/vision, family

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Without a culture of respect and resilience, Airmen can't carry forward the Air Force's core missions of air and space superiority; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; rapid global mobility; global strike; and, command and control.

It is that culture that Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, discussed during the first few minutes of an All Call on Aug. 4 at the Museum of Aviation.

As the first female to be commissioned from the New Jersey Institute of Technology ROTC program, she candidly shared insights into her early career as a chemical engineer, her family life, and the camaraderie and friendships she experienced in ROTC.

After working for a commercial business, Pawlikowski decided she instead wanted to use her talents to serve her country.

The general shared her personal story of life's joys and challenges as experienced throughout her career, emphasizing the importance of being a good wingman.

Pawlikowski said she's excited about the work happening at Robins, noting the missions accomplished here touch on every facet of the Air Force.

"My job is to make sure we're pointed in the right direction, and to get out of the way to let you get there," she said.

"But, I want to be there to help you when you need me, and applaud and cheer along with you when we have successes," the general said.

Pawlikowski also focused on the world's changing dynamics and emphasized the continued need for the Air Force's quick response to counter threats in today's global environment.

For example, whether it's deploying F-15s to protect U.S. air space, flying MQ-9 Reapers to provide ISR support, or helping command and control through the use of the highly-demanded Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System at Robins, the service's core missions have not changed. When the world has a challenge, it turns to the United States, which in turn relies on the Air Force, she said.

Quick response and ready capabilities must be in place in today's environment, she said, citing recent events in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

"This is all part of the dynamic environment that faces our Air Force today," she said. "We have to be able to respond."

With that, she introduced AFMC's new mission statement to 'deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities.'

The new mission statement is patterned after "America's Air Force: A Call to the Future" by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh III, which was published in 2014.  The guide outlines the Air Force strategy for the next 30 years and emphasizes the need for the service to be agile.

"The basic part of that strategy," said Pawlikowski, "is that we have to be able to respond to that dynamic environment ... to be able to move from protecting against a nuclear power, to countering terrorism in an ISIL environment, to protecting against a pandemic, to dealing with a cyber threat."

Along with the new mission statement, AFMC's new vision statement encompasses the entire spectrum of the command's role as a provider of agile combat support: 'Delivering the world's greatest Air Force ... the most trusted and agile provider of innovative and cost-effective war-winning capabilities.'

"Our Air Force cannot be agile if AFMC is not agile, because we're the ones who are delivering the weapons systems and supporting it," she said.

"Embracing and understanding that AFMC will deliver when needed as the 'most trusted' and 'agile provider' is important," said Pawlikowski. "We want our mission partners to come to us because they know we're going to deliver and at the price that we say, that they'll get things on time, and we'll be there to support it."

Pawlikowski conducted the All Call near the end of a two-day visit to Robins, which included tours to and briefings by the 78th Air Base Wing and the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, a luncheon with local Airmen, and a dinner with local community leaders.