Air Force Chief of Staff Gen David L. Goldfein stands at the front of the stage during the AMC change of command from Gen Carlton D. Everhart II to Gen Maryanne Miller at Scott AFB, IL, Sept. 7, 2018. USAF photo by TSgt Jodi Martinez
A crew chief with 721 AMXS marshals a C-17 Globemaster III on Ramstein AB, Germany. USAF photo by SrA Devin M. Rumbaugh
Recently, The Mobility Forum had the privilege of sitting down with General Maryanne Miller, Commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC), to get her thoughts on the future direction of the command.
Q: What is your Vision and Mission for AMC and how will they shape the future of the command, the Air Force, and our country’s capabilities and defenses?
A: Simply put, our vision for Air Mobility Command is to deliver strength against our enemies and, when needed, hope around the world. As the Air Component to USTRANSCOM [United States Transportation Command], our mission is to facilitate the rapid aerial delivery of cargo and personnel. We enable the enroute-structure and provide aeromedical evacuation to our ill and wounded. AMC delivers these effects to wherever they are needed, whenever they are needed, under any circumstances.
Our vision is about keeping promises—promises to joint forces on the ground and in the air, to our nation and to our partners around the world—that the wingspan of AMC is ready to support them. It is also about keeping promises to our enemies, that AMC is ready to deter aggression and to rapidly respond anywhere in the world.
General Goldfein likes to say, “We are a global power because of global reach.” Our vision and AMC’s mission are both driving toward the future, where global reach will play an even more dynamic role in every domain. We intend to shape national capabilities by increasing our capacity to provide reach to both American warfighting power and the hands that heal. Most importantly, we must ensure that we are always ready and flexible to provide Rapid Global Mobility for our nation. Moving forward, AMC must continue to evolve so that we are able to accomplish our mission for the joint-fight regardless of barriers.
Q: You recently spoke about the importance of AMC’s ability to operate in contested and degraded environments. Can you describe what that might mean for AMC Airmen?
A: The 2018 National Defense Strategy is clear; we are in a time of great power-competition. In high-end conflict, we cannot expect to operate the same way we have for the last two decades. We must look toward the threat of tomorrow and help our Airmen prepare for what they will encounter as we perform our mission sets. We should expect challenges to mobility operations driven by rapid technological change and an increasingly complex security environment.
Despite these potentials, the joint force relies on AMC to provide options for rapid power projection and sustainment over great distances. We must expect our adversaries to challenge us in every domain as we work to accomplish our mission. When we recognize a threat, we must rapidly understand it, mitigate it, and prevail to achieve mission objectives. Ensuring full-spectrum readiness allows us the ability to move at the speed of war; outmaneuvering and outpacing any adversary’s strategy despite the threat.
Q: Can you discuss the need for innovation as AMC strives to stay ahead of a rapidly evolving technological world?
A: Our enemies are working harder and faster. We must outwork and outpace their efforts! We need Airmen across the command to study the challenges they face in each of their specialties and offer innovative solutions to get after those problems.
Innovation is not only about modifying aircraft or purchasing new technologies. It is also about business processes—looking at the ways we do business and erasing redundancy so that every day we are operating faster and smarter.
Innovation can not be a buzz word. It must be put into action and needs to be a team effort! It involves Airmen, frustrated with the status quo, who want to make a difference. It involves industry—especially small businesses—that, through partnerships, are informed of our needs and incentivized to participate in building solutions. Finally, it involves law and policy makers to provide rapid acquisition and prototyping authorities that enable us to be agile enough to win.
Q: What are you most concerned about in AMC’s future?
A: Our ability to transform our organizations, processes, and training to stay ahead of threats. AMC is resilient and needs to be adaptable. Success in mobility operations is success in the fight. AMC has always delivered the right effects, at the right place, at the right time. Our future requires that we can still achieve mission success in the midst of the fog and friction of the fight. What I am not concerned about is the excellence of our Airmen and their desire to get it right!
Q: What message would you like to give to everyone who is working hard to support AMC’s mission?
A: Every Airman, civilian, and contractor of the AMC team plays a vital role in providing Rapid Global Mobility for our nation. I want each member on this team to be proud of the work we do and to know that I think about them every day. I am worried about the things they are worried about and I care about the things they care about. I think about the big problems facing our Air Force and the mobility enterprise, but I also spend a lot of time focused on making things better for Airmen and their families.
No other nation can shift forces around the world and operate on a global scale the way we do and that is because of the heavy lifting our MAF [Mobility Air Force] Airmen do on a daily basis. We ask a lot of them and they always deliver.
I want our mobility force to know that I am thankful for every individual contribution to this mission and for each person that has raised their hand and sworn to be a part of this noble cause. I am humbled to lead this team and I believe in the work to which we have each committed ourselves. Thank you for your service. I am proud of you and honored to serve with you!