Top Air Force leader visits 183rd Fighter Wing

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  • By Maj. Nancie Margetis
  • 183rd Public Affairs
Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, Commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), made a visit to the unit May 26th. The purpose of his visit was to continue his goal of visiting all of the gained units under his command. The recent crisis in Haiti prevented him from visiting the unit until now.

The General was generous with his time and attention while visiting the various areas on base.

Col. Michael Meyer, 183rd FW Commander, spent time with the General during his entire visit. He felt it was extremely well appreciated by the Wing that the General took the time to visit facilities and talk with members of the 183rd.

"It was highly apparent by the General's questions and comments during his visit that he is keenly interested in our people and our missions," the Colonel said. "He made repeated comments to the wing leadership on how impressed he was by the condition of our facilities, the pride we take with them, and the professionalism and passion of our personnel. It became quite obvious during the visit that General Spears is an enthusiastic supporter of the 183rd and its missions," he added.

The General did more than just provide positive comments during his visit. General Spears "coined" five unit members to show his appreciation for their hard work, dedication and professionalism.

Coin recipients included: Lt. Col. Deborah Hamrick, Mission Support Group; Mr. Paul Wubker, Civil Engineer Squadron; Master Sgt. Bill Barnes, 217th EIS; Staff Sgt. Blake Withers, and Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Meridith, Maintenance Squadron.

The General is responsible for the operational readiness of 13 Twelfth Air Force-gained wings and other units of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. These units include more than 220 aircraft and 18,900 Total Force Airmen.