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USAFE leadership visits Air National Guardsmen at Landstuhl

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  • By Master Sgt. Seth Skidmore
  • 178th Public Affairs
Maj. Gen. Eric Vollmecke, Air National Guard Mobilization Assistant to commander, United States Air Force in Europe/Air Force Africa, met with more than 40 Airmen of the 178th Wing during their mission to support the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany . 

He let the Airmen know how important it was for them to be at the LRMC providing medical and chaplain support.

"Thank you for being out here," said Vollmecke, and emphasized on how the ANG is as a key force provider.

Vollmecke stressed the importance of training for the ANG, especially training out in the field. 

"There is more value in packing up than doing home station."

He also mentioned the importance of the state partnership program and the importance for the state guard units to have a relationship with USAFE. The SPP links a state's National Guard with another country to establish a mutual benefit.
Representatives of the hospital joined Vollmecke in recognizing the Ohio ANG members working at the hospital.

"Thank you for coming, it came at the right time," stated Lt. Col. Amy Russo, 86th Medical Group vice commander.  She focused on the ER doctors who were able to help rotational shortages.

The whole reason for the mission was brought to head by Col. David Sproat, LRMC deputy commander, was also thanked the unit for their support.  He highlighted the importance of the active and reserve components training together and learning from each other.