U.S. Air Force Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander, Air Mobility Command, spoke to members of U.S. Transportation Command and its component commands July 10 in the Seay Auditorium.
Everhart was the 11th guest in USTRANSCOM's 30-4-30 Distinguished Speaker Series, an initiative to celebrate the command's 30th anniversary in October 2017.
According to Everhart’s official biography, the AMC mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. The command provides worldwide humanitarian support, and its men and women -- active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians, along with commercial partners – fulfill the mobility pillars of airlift, aerial refueling, special air mission and aeromedical evacuation.
“We are the most joint MAJCOM (major command) in all the entire Air Force because of who we’re carrying in our four pillars,” Everhart said. “We see all the uniforms.”
Everhart presented an overview of AMC, emphasizing the command’s rapid global mobility focus areas of readiness, grow and develop airmen, modernization and nuclear mission.
According to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, Everhart said “‘Air power is the oxygen the joint force breathes and mobility is the lifeblood that carries the oxygen.’” “If so,” Everhart continued, “then the heartbeat is right here.”
In conclusion, Everhart said, “Thank you for your support, and for understanding what AMC does now and in the future; I can’t do it without you.”
Everhart received his commission in 1983 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He previously served as a flight examiner and instructor and held various aircrew flying assignments in the C-130E, C-17A and C-21A.
He was the Air Force aide to the President and has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. Everhart also served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Headquarters Air Education and Training Command. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of the 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Everhart's joint assignments include a deployment to Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander of Political-Military Affairs, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, where he was the direct liaison for the U.S. Ambassador and the Commander, International Security Assistance Force.
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