by Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
8/17/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The
435th Air Ground Operations Wing smashed down doors and rappelled down
buildings to highlight their unique skills and mission sets for the 3rd
Air Force commander here Aug. 6.
Lt. Gen. Timothy M. Ray, 3rd Air Force commander, recently took command
and received immersion tours from the 435th AGOW and 435th Air
"It's important to familiarize our (commander) with our unique mission,"
said Maj. Craig Towlson, 435th AGOW plans and programs chief and event
organizer. "We have a ton of capabilities and are spread out across the
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa area of operations...to
borrow the wing historian's analogy, we are kind of General Ray's
multitool. We have a ton of different abilities that span across five
different mission sets."
AGOW Airmen introduced Ray to joint terminal attack controller's maps,
radios and equipment. Civil engineer Airmen rappelled and put their
emergency response teams in action to give him a realistic view of their
Teams of Airmen hosted a mission brief fair showing off their mobilized
working stations, equipment and told stories of their accomplishments at
"I had a great opportunity to see the Airmen of the 435th and their
impact on not only the local area but also on our NATO allies. I am
thankful to have a great team at my disposal," said Ray.
Another display at the 435th AGOW fair was the 435th Security Forces
Squadron where Ray got hands on with riot gear and took the opportunity
to conduct a breaching operations where he broke down a door using a
"It's always great to highlight what we can provide," said Tech. Sgt.
Michael Hendricks, 1st Combat Communications Squadron Readiness Section
NCO in charge. "Any leadership that takes any interest in (our
capabilities) is great, so we showcase and highlight it."
While the visit was a way for Ray to view the 435th AGOW and AEW
capabilities, the Airmen also had time to interact with the General.
The visit concluded with Ray recognizing outstanding performers
throughout the two wings.