HomeNewsArticle Display

SecAF visits Holloman AFB during COVID-19

SECAF visits Holloman Air Force Base during COVID-19

First Lt. Hannah Myers, 586th Flight Test Squadron flight test engineer, gives Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett a close look at a T-38A Talon during her visit, May 20, 2020, to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Barrett visited facilities and interacted with Airmen who have been working diligently to adapt, innovate and still complete mission operations amid COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

SECAF visits Holloman Air Force Base during COVID-19

Lt. Col. Megan Pflug, 49th Force Support Squadron commander, and Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, discuss new sanitary procedures that have been implemented in the Shifting Sands dining facility, May 20, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Barrett visited facilities and interacted with Airmen who have been working diligently to adapt, innovate and still complete mission operations amid COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

SECAF visits Holloman Air Force Base during COVID-19

Staff Sgt. Thomas Lahut, 49th Maintenance Group weapons load crew chief, speaks with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, May 20, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Barrett visited facilities and interacted with Airmen who have been working diligently to adapt, innovate and still complete mission operations amid COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

SECAF visits Holloman Air Force Base during COVID-19

Tech. Sgt. Nikita Williamson, 586th Flight Test Squadron Aviation Resource Management noncommissioned officer in charge is recognized by Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, May 20, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Barrett visited facilities and interacted with Airmen who have been working diligently to adapt, innovate and still complete mission operations amid COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

SECAF visits Holloman Air Force Base during COVID-19

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett signs the 6th Attack Squadron distinguished visitor signatories placard, May 20, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Barrett visited facilities and interacted with Airmen who have been working diligently to adapt, innovate and still complete mission operations amid COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) --

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett visited Holloman Air Force Base May 20.

Barrett interacted with Airmen who have been diligently adapting, innovating and maintaining mission operations amid COVID-19.

The pandemic tested Holloman AFB, the Air Force’s premier F-16 Fighting Falcon and MQ-9 Reaper training base, and its mission. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Airmen of the 49th Wing continue graduating operationally-ready F-16 and MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators, while adapting to the constantly changing landscape.

“Dedicated Airmen across Holloman Air Force Base demonstrated their ingenuity taking many proactive measures to maintain operational readiness amid COVID-19.” Barrett said. “Team Holloman should be proud they continue living up to their motto ‘build the backbone of combat airpower.’”

Training combat aircrew, while implementing and maintaining physical distancing, was a particular challenge that Holloman AFB Airmen faced. Barrett spoke with MQ-9 instructor pilots about how they have adapted their lesson plans to a virtual syllabus.

Barrett also toured the Air Force’s only Basic Expeditionary Airfield Response Base and the world-class testing facilities of the 704th Test Group.

“What an amazing opportunity to host our secretary of the Air Force and showcase both our people and the mission,” said Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander. “I am so proud of this team and what they have accomplished over the past couple months battling COVID-19 while continuing our critical mission for the nation. Our Air Force senior leaders have been incredibly supportive during this time and it is great for them to get a chance to see our people and get an up-close view of how we are handling this new challenge.”

Engage

Twitter
.@LRAFB recently received a brand new C-130J Super Hercules, marking the last C-130J delivery for the 19th Airlift… https://t.co/aebjDLaLiT
Twitter
An F-16 Fighting Falcon flies above the Gulf of Mexico en route to South Carolina. The jet is a compact, highly man… https://t.co/YZhs930LMG
Twitter
.@HiAirGuard Amn & Soldiers were airlifted from neighboring islands & back to Oahu, after assisting state authoriti… https://t.co/kuHakmkG4e
Twitter
Airmen from the 26th Operational Weather Squadron @TeamBarksdale complete their mission of developing and communica… https://t.co/3YTE1qItnE
Twitter
Staff Sgt. Gentry Shelby, @127Wing, provides aircraft maintenance to the A-10 Thunderbolt II amid the #COVID19 pand… https://t.co/TpmjrW356G
Twitter
An F-16 Fighting Falcon an F-35A Lightning II from @EielsonAirForce & an F-35A from @HAFB, fly over Fairbanks, Alas… https://t.co/YjbJd55EhV
Twitter
RT @USAFHealth: WELCOME HOME HEROES! Medical personnel from the 315th Aerospace Medicine Squadron return home after a month supporting the…
Twitter
Twitter
Twitter
The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team trained using an F6 Alpha EOD robot to disarm a… https://t.co/6zwlp7MQOD
Twitter
In this episode of Inside AFIMSC, - Maj Gen Wilcox holds the center’s first virtual Commander’s Call, - Alpha Warr… https://t.co/BAmtJQX9Ua
Twitter
RT @HQAirUniversity: In our forth video of a 5-part series, AU's Director of Strategic Leadership Communication, discusses his 4 C’s of lea…
Twitter
RT @NASA: Docking confirmed! @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug officially docked to the @Space_Station at 10:16am ET: https://t.co/hCM4UvbwjR
Twitter
RT @NASA_TDRS: Dragon has docked! Crewed Dragon, with @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug on board, are connected to @Space_Station, with @NASA’s…
Twitter
Rise and shine! A KC-46 Pegasus at Altus AFB as the 97th Air Mobility Wing prepares to conduct a severe weather e… https://t.co/QBT5nuXMqx
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: An amazing story of resilience & grit sure to inspire you! Airman Shannon Busch triumphed over incredible odds to graduate…
Twitter
.@HQAirUniversity's Holm Center Chaplain's thoughts on distance. #ReadyAF #COVID19 #Resilient https://t.co/svDFNqIqNX
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,231,188
Follow Us