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March 9, 2017 at 7:18am

New CG tours the joint base

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky (center), listens during a 62nd Maintenance Squadron operations brief on the McChord Field flightline, March 2 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz

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The tour, designed to familiarize Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, incoming commanding general of I Corps, with prominent wing missions and platforms, featured an interactive C-17 mission brief and visit to the 62nd Maintenance Squadron, last Friday, where he received a briefing on Home Station Check. Volesky is here this week to learn more about I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He will take over the Corps from Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, whose future plans were still undisclosed as of press time.

On each leg of the tour, Volesky talked with airmen about their respective missions and how they fit into the joint operations picture at JBLM.

"With (Maj.) General Volesky being the incoming I Corps commander, we wanted to educate him about Air Force mission sets, what our airmen do, and look for more opportunities for joint training and readiness," said Col. Leonard Kosinski, 62nd AW commander.

Volesky, whose last visit to JBLM was 27 years ago, was pleased with the interoperability observed since his arrival and is looking forward to taking the helm of I Corps April 3.

"When I was last here, it was Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base," Volesky said. "Now it's Team JBLM. The important role airmen, soldiers and other components play in the fight is compounded when we come together. It benefits the mission, and everyone on the installation."

Before tour's end, Volesky had an opportunity to hear about capabilities such as the Joint Precision Airdrop System, Prime Nuclear Airlift Force, Operation Deep Freeze and the 446th Airlift Wing Aeromedical Evacuation mission.

Kosinski was pleased with the exchange of information that took place throughout the day.

"A lot of great questions were asked, and I believe General Volesky walked away knowing a lot about our airmen and what we do here."

In addition to increased awareness of the Air Force mission here, Volesky concluded the tour with renewed appreciation for the opportunity to command.

Volesky grew up in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1983. He is a Silver Star recipient.

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