by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
8/11/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air Mobility Command welcomed its 12th commander at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, August 11.
Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II took command of AMC from Gen. Darren W.
McDew during a ceremony officiated by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark
A. Welsh III.
Welsh opened the ceremony by speaking about AMC's accomplishments since
they inherited the missions of Military Airlift Command and Strategic
"Over two remarkable decades you [Air Mobility Command] have answered
the call of others so that they may prevail," said Welsh. "There is no
place on earth beyond your reach. Whether it's the homeland or the
beyond the horizon, you bring America's warriors to where the nations
needs them and sustain them while their there. And they know no matter
the conditions, you will bring them home."
Addressing the men and women of AMC for the first time, Everhart
expressed his enthusiasm to continue to lead AMC Airmen and why they are
the best at what they do.
"I am proud to be a part of this team and grateful for this opportunity
to lead this world-class organization," he said. "When I think back on
the events of the past decade, I have to thank our mobility airmen for
their courage, determination and professionalism."
Formerly as the 618th Air and Space Operations Center and 18th Air Force
commander, Everhart has played a direct role in the operational side of
mission execution and was responsible for providing mobility and
sustainment for America's armed forces worldwide.
"Our nation's adversaries are determined and are as dedicated in their cause more than they have ever been," said Everhart.
"That is why we must remain operationally focused and manage a fiscally
constrained budget while providing our Airmen with the best training and
equipment they need to accomplish the missions. While bringing new
platforms such as KC-46 and putting them into the hand of the Airmen who
need them the most. We must do this all as a total force."
During the ceremony, McDew expressed his confidence in Everhart's
ability to continue to lead AMC's rapid global mobility mission.
McDew said, "It's been a privilege to serve as your commander. From the
mundane to the monumental, you make it look easy. Every single one of
you is vital to the AMC mission and to the defense of the nation. I
thank each and every one of you for your contribution to the mission and
for making Air Mobility Command great.
I can think of no finer officer to take the reins of Air Mobility
Command then Gen. Carlton "Dewey" Everhart and his bride Michelle. He is
a proven leader who knows our command and cares about Airmen."
As AMC commander, Everhart will lead all Mobility Air Forces comprised
of nearly 132,000 civilian, active duty, Air National Guard, and Air
Force Reserve personnel. AMC sustains America's military operations
worldwide through its airlift, aerial refueling and aeromedical
evacuation capabilities. The command also responds to humanitarian
crises at home and around the globe.
Everhart concluded, "The world and the warfighter need Air Mobility
Command. You work quietly behind the scenes getting the mission done and
answering our nations call. There is no doubt you are the best at what
you do. I know the challenges we face are daunting but here is my pledge
to you: Michelle and I will be right there with you, supporting you and
your families every step of the way. Together we will continue to
provide unparalleled rapid global mobility.