18th Air Force Commander visits McConnell

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  • By Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan -- Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, visited McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, May 12-14, 2021. During the visit, Bibb witnessed Team McConnell’s ability to deliver unmatched air refueling and mission support.


While touring a diverse selection of organizations, Airmen briefed Bibb on a variety of subjects, including the steps of the KC-46A Pegasus becoming fully operational as well as McConnell’s crucial impact on the Air Mobility Command mission.


McConnell is one of 12 Wings and one stand-alone group that makes up the 36,000 active duty, Reserve and civilian Airmen of the 18th Air Force. The mission of these wings and group present air mobility forces to AMC and combatant commanders.


Bibb experienced how McConnell’s Airmen fuel the fight firsthand by operating a KC-46 boom simulator. Bibb even praised the McConnell team’s mission execution after outstanding performances in recent inspections and exercises.


“McConnell has gotten after it this year an impressive way,” said Bibb. “Thanks for what you do every day. Very few get this opportunity to serve in uniform and you’re one of those.”



During the visit, Bibb also highlighted 12 McConnell Airmen for their outstanding work and dedication to continuing the mission.


Since assuming his role as 18th AF commander, Bibb has remained committed to ensuring Airmen have the resources to maintain their mental, spiritual, physical and emotional readiness.


“We have the best Air Force in the world, it’s because we have the best Airmen in the world,” said Bibb.