21st Airlift Squadron hosts first C-17 Squadron Commander’s Conference

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  • By Maj. Imran Khan
  • 21st Airlift Squadron

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 21st Airlift Squadron hosted the first C-17 Squadron Commander’s Conference for Air Mobility Command and the Mobility Air Forces at Travis Air Force Base, California, May 2-4.

Eighteen Airmen from seven bases across three major commands partnered to share best practices and discuss topics in order to advance the C-17 community.

Major focus areas for the conference included operations tempo management, full-spectrum readiness, innovation in the squadron and Guard and Reserve support. Attendees were also provided a direct line to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron to discuss enhancements and policy changes.

“This is what ownership looks like,” said Col. Matthew Leard, 60th Air Mobility Wing vice commander. “When the Secretary of the Air Force says "don't wait for us,” this is what she means. This is the C-17 community proactively owning their challenges, their solutions and, ultimately, their future. I applaud Lt. Col. Erik Fisher (21st AS commander) for the initiative and high bar he established in executing this conference. I'm confident this event and the relationships it fostered will bear fruit for this crucial community for years to come.

“This was an incredible avenue to improve the way we do business,” said Fisher. “This Air Force-wide collaboration allows us to continuously refine the way we operate. In doing so, we are able to strengthen our processes and be more prepared for tomorrow’s fight.