AFCENT Boss Talks Priorities

New Air Forces Central Command boss Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian recently visited the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing to meet the airmen and talk about the command’s priorities. Harrigian, who took command July 22, visited the wing Aug. 1 and said delivering airpower, defending the region, and developing partnerships are the “pretty straightforward” priorities for everyone from himself to the youngest airman, according to an AFCENT news release. Harrigian said he is humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Combined Forces Air Component, which is made up of 20 countries. He said the team has “tremendous capabilities,” and must be strong to succeed at the mission. The 380th AEW, based in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, flies strike, ISR, command and control, and aerial refueling missions in Northeast Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia, according to the Air Force. And the wing’s efforts have had an impact on ISIS, Harrigian said. “A significant amount of momentum has occurred where we’ve been able to get after the financing, the communication, command and control, that the enemy has tried to leverage and we’ve taken that away from them,” he said.