MacDill hosts honorary commanders' tour

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Alexis Suarez

The 6th and 927th Operations Groups hosted an immersion tour for the newly inducted honorary commanders from both wings here, Feb. 3.

The honorary commanders took the opportunity to spend part of the day touring and learning more about how Team MacDill utilizes the total force to project air power and maintain readiness.

The tour began with a mission brief provided by U.S. Air Force Col. Adam Bingham, 6th ARW commander and U.S. Air Force Col. Kurt Matthews, 927th ARW commander, both welcoming the honorary commanders.

“It takes teamwork to make great things happen,” said Bingham. “Partnered with your respective commanders, we are excited to see all that comes from the teamwork being created throughout the next two years during your honorary commander service.”

Team MacDill set up a KC-135 Stratotanker static aircraft display for the honorary commanders to view up-close, granted them guided access into the air traffic control tower to view take-offs and landings, look across the installation from the catwalk and observe air traffic control Airmen performing their duties. Survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists from the 6th Operations Support Squadron demonstrated the training and tactics that prepare aircrew for missions over contested environments.

“This is my first year as an honorary commander,” said Eric Corliss, honorary 927th ARW command chief. “I previously served in the Army and I am excited to work closely with the Air Force in this aspect and to give back.”

Over the next two years, these honorary commanders will be working with their commanders and assigned units — learning, growing and fostering a supportive relationship between the community and its military members.