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18th Air Force Commander visits McConnell

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Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, answers a question from an Airman May 14, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Bibb took time out of his visit to sit down with the members of Team McConnell and discuss the importance of the refueling mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)

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Tech Sgt. Christian Parris, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron instrument and flight control systems noncommissioned officer in charge, explains how McConnell Air Force Base is innovating a new camera alignment tie rod to Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, May 13, 2021, at McConnell AFB, Kansas. Metals tech, as well as instrument and flight control systems, are working to recreate the tie rod to improve accuracy in aerial refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Master Sgt. Michael Barrett, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron green aircraft maintenance unit expeditor, shows Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander the overflow draining system on a KC-46A Pegasus May, 13, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The 22nd AMXS was one of 15 organizations Bibb visited during his trip to McConnell AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, operates a KC-46A Pegasus boom simulator May 13, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Bibb said in an all call with Team McConnell that he plans to come back later this year to qualify on the KC-46 himself. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)

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Senior Airman Chase Flemming, League of Extraordinary Airmen president, presents their organization to Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, May 13, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. This first–of–its–kind organization is expanding its efforts to Kadena Air Base, fostering unity, and prioritizes mental health with junior enlisted Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Senior Airman Michael Russel, League of Extraordinary Airmen secretary, present their organization to Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, May 13, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The League of Extraordinary Airmen is a junior enlisted private organization that provides Airmen with the opportunity to increase motivation and mental health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, discusses the importance of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing to the 18th Air Force’s mission May 14, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Bibb visited a number of organizations across the installation over a two day period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)

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Airman 1st Class Rhiannon Ero, 22nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron medical technician, describes the process for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, May 13, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The COVID Point of Distribution administers shots one and two to beneficiaries, military members and civilian contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Col. Richard Tanner, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, greets Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, 18th Air Force commander, upon his arrival May 13, 2021, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Bibb visited organizations across the installation to gain a better understanding of McConnell’s role in the aerial refueling mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge)

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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.