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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the Air Mobility Command guidon to Gen. Maryanne Miller, who assumed command of AMC, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the Air Mobility Command guidon to Gen. Maryanne Miller, who assumed command of AMC, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein stands at the front of the stage, preparing to dismiss hundreds of attendees during the Air Mobility Command change of command, where Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command of AMC, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein stands at the front of the stage, preparing to dismiss hundreds of attendees during the Air Mobility Command change of command, where Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command of AMC, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, outgoing Air Mobility Command commander, and Gen. Maryanne Miller, incoming AMC commander, share a moment during the AMC change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Everhart, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, outgoing Air Mobility Command commander, and Gen. Maryanne Miller, incoming AMC commander, share a moment during the AMC change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Everhart, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein claps for Gen. Maryanne Miller after she assumed command of Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein claps for Gen. Maryanne Miller after she assumed command of Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

An attendee takes a photo of Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, as he gives his final speech as the AMC commander during the AMC change of command ceremony, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

An attendee takes a photo of Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, as he gives his final speech as the AMC commander during the AMC change of command ceremony, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Maj. Gen. Samuel Mahaney, Air Mobility Command chief of staff, stands at parade rest ahead of a four-flight formation for the Air Mobility Command change of command, where Gen. Maryanne Miller will take command of AMC, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Maj. Gen. Samuel Mahaney, Air Mobility Command chief of staff, stands at parade rest ahead of a four-flight formation for the Air Mobility Command change of command, where Gen. Maryanne Miller will take command of AMC, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, looks toward the audience after assuming command of AMC at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, looks toward the audience after assuming command of AMC at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, U.S. Transportation Command commander, speaks during the Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, U.S. Transportation Command commander, speaks during the Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Master Sgt. Peter Dahlstorm, Band of Mid-America readiness section chief, stands in formation for the Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Master Sgt. Peter Dahlstorm, Band of Mid-America readiness section chief, stands in formation for the Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid global air mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Members of a formation salute as the national anthem plays during Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Everhart, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)
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Members of a formation salute as the national anthem plays during Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Everhart, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein salutes the formation during the Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein salutes the formation during the Air Mobility Command change of command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

Gen. Maryanne Miller addresses mobility Airmen for the first time as Air Mobility Command commander during the change of command ceremony, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)
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Gen. Maryanne Miller addresses mobility Airmen for the first time as Air Mobility Command commander during the change of command ceremony, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Miller assumed command from Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after 35 years of service to the Air Force. AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air Mobility Command welcomed a new commander at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7.

Air Force Gen. Maryanne Miller took command of AMC from Air Force Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who retires after more than 35 years of service. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, officiated the change of command ceremony.

 

Miller is the thirteenth commander to take the reins since the major command was designated as Air Mobility Command, June 1, 1992. She is the first traditional Reservist to be promoted to four-star general and lead an Air Force major command outside of Air Force Reserve Command.

Goldfein opened the ceremony by expressing a personal connection to the Airmen and capabilities of AMC.

“My admiration and appreciation for the Airmen of this command is very personal,” he said. “You see, I’ve been pulled out of many a bad place by air refueling tankers, crews willing to risk everything to provide me and my wingmen the gas we desperately needed to get back to friendly territory.”

 

The chief of staff echoed the words of his senior joint colleagues who have referred to AMC and U.S. Transportation Command as “the most ‘can-do’ force on the planet.” He then reflected on Miller’s leadership and expertise.

 

“In a command where rapid global mobility is not achieved without total force synergy, General Miller brings the perfect blend of operational expertise, servant leadership and strategic policy savvy to take this team to new heights,” Goldfein said.

 

As AMC commander, Miller is responsible for employing and integrating all Mobility Air Forces comprised of nearly 120,000 civilian, active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve personnel along with nearly 1,100 aircraft. AMC sustains America's military operations worldwide through its airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and air mobility support capabilities. The command also responds to humanitarian crises at home and around the globe. 


Addressing the men and women of AMC for the first time as commander, Miller expressed enthusiasm about assuming her new position leading the command.

“It is an honor and tremendous privilege to take the flag, to lead Air Mobility Command,” Miller said. “Air Mobility is at the heart of our nation’s military response. There is a common bond which guides all of us as individuals, Airmen and public servants: the bond of our core values and the inspiration that comes from being part of something much bigger than ourselves.”

 

One of only 14 four-star generals serving in the Air Force, Miller previously commanded Air Force Reserve Command, the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, California, and 932nd Airlift Wing, Scott AFB, Illinois. In those positions, Miller directly led the organizing, training and equipping of Mobility Air Forces for America. This is a role she intends to build upon while responsible for the warfighting and humanitarian components of AMC’s Total Force mission.
 
“We stand as one force, shoulder-to-shoulder with our Reserve and Guard Airmen and families,” said Miller. “As a Total Force we will continue to improve our readiness and sharpen the edge of our rapid and resilient operations.”

Air Mobility Command is the air component of United States Transportation Command, a unified, functional combatant command which provides support to the nine other U.S. combatant commands, the military services, defense agencies and other government organizations for a wide array of joint mobility missions.

 

Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, U.S. TRANSCOM commander, spoke about his experience with AMC Airmen and welcomed Miller to the command during the ceremony.

 

“As a Soldier, Air Mobility Command has carried me on their back to every major operation throughout my career, whether on a parachute or at the end of a dirt landing strip,” he said. “General Miller is unquestionably the best leader for our Mobility Air Forces at this time. Every assignment along her mobility career has prepared her for today. Her reputation precedes her as a servant leader.”

 

Miller concluded the ceremony by encouraging AMC’s Airmen to let their core values lead them in the conduct of rapid global mobility.

“As Airmen, we succeed. As Airmen, we invest in serving our great nation and each other. As Airmen, we lead from the front, kneel by those in need, share in the work of our teammates, respect their lives and honor their contributions … Let’s get after it!” she concluded.