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From right, Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Cornelius, 4th FW command chief, salute the aircraft of Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, Feb. 25, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Holmes visited the base to talk with Airmen and learn about new innovations from members of Team Seymour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

From right, Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Cornelius, 4th FW command chief, salute the aircraft of Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, Feb. 25, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Holmes visited the base to talk with Airmen and learn about new innovations from members of Team Seymour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, center, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, left, talk with pilots from the 336th Fighter Squadron, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During their visit, Holmes and Batten visited several shops and answered questions from Airmen regarding the Air Force, new innovations, and the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, center, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, left, talk with pilots from the 336th Fighter Squadron, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During their visit, Holmes and Batten visited several shops and answered questions from Airmen regarding the Air Force, new innovations, and the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, watches Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load inert weapons onto an F-15E Strike Eagle during training, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Holmes was the base commander for Seymour Johnson AFB from August 2004 until September 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, watches Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load inert weapons onto an F-15E Strike Eagle during training, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Holmes was the base commander for Seymour Johnson AFB from August 2004 until September 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of Air Combat Command, holds a phone to take a selfie with Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, right, and Airmen from the 4th Component Maintenance Squadron, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During Holmes’ and Batten’s visit, Airmen shared innovative ideas to help modernize dated practices and find better, more efficient ways of completing the mission across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of Air Combat Command, holds a phone to take a selfie with Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, right, and Airmen from the 4th Component Maintenance Squadron, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During Holmes’ and Batten’s visit, Airmen shared innovative ideas to help modernize dated practices and find better, more efficient ways of completing the mission across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, right, view a mural drawn by Senior Airman Benedick Duria, 4th Contracting Squadron contract specialist (center), Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Duria hand sketched the mural and colored it using paint and permanent markers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, right, view a mural drawn by Senior Airman Benedick Duria, 4th Contracting Squadron contract specialist (center), Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Duria hand sketched the mural and colored it using paint and permanent markers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

From right, Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, discuss possible solutions to challenges that Airmen are facing with members of the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During the visit, Airmen had the opportunity to ask Holmes and Batten questions about personnel topics and the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

From right, Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, discuss possible solutions to challenges that Airmen are facing with members of the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Feb. 26, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. During the visit, Airmen had the opportunity to ask Holmes and Batten questions about personnel topics and the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

From left, Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Capt. John Tilton, 333rd Fighter Squadron pilot, after flying in an F-15E Strike Eagle, Feb. 27, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Holmes previously flew the F-15E while he was the commander of the 4th FW from August 2004 until September 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

From left, Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Capt. John Tilton, 333rd Fighter Squadron pilot, after flying in an F-15E Strike Eagle, Feb. 27, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Holmes previously flew the F-15E while he was the commander of the 4th FW from August 2004 until September 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. --

Members of Team Seymour provided a warm welcome for the commander of Air Combat Command during his trip back to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Feb. 24-27, 2019.

 

Gen. Mike Holmes commanded the 4th Fighter Wing from August 2004 to September 2006.

 

Holmes and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, visited the base to learn about new innovations from members of Team Seymour, and they talked with Airmen from across the base in open forums.

 

“I want you all to ask me anything,” Holmes said to Airmen from the 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “Tell me something you think I should know. Ask me questions. Any questions you want, about stuff currently going on, anything.”

 

Batten echoed that offer by holding an enlisted all call for Airmen across the base.

 

The Airmen followed through and asked numerous questions including changes to promotion testing and the technology we use, expressed their concerns about things such as PT tests, and even brought up rumors about the Air Force.

 

When asked about the visit, multiple Airmen stated that they were surprised and delighted by the transparency of their leaders.

 

While traveling from shop to shop, Holmes took in the sights as memories of his time at Seymour surfaced.

 

“It’s great to be back, to be home again,” said Holmes. “So much has changed, but the base still has incredible Airmen and a great mission.”

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