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AFTC commander, command chief visit Eglin

Commanders Call

96th Civil Engineer Group Fire Chief Joseph Suddarth Jr. briefs Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander on COVID-19 response tools Nov. 12 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The general toured the base during a visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Karissa Rodriguez)

Azzano Speaks to maintainers

Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander speaks to 96th Test Wing maintainers Nov. 12 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The general toured the base during a visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Karissa Rodriguez)

Azzano visits ISC

Intrepid Spirit Center Director, Dr. Thomas Piazza, greets Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander, Nov. 12 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Piazza briefed Azzano on the ISC’s capabilities during a walking tour of the facility. Eglin’s ISC, the first on an Air Force base, is a treatment center dedicated to post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, associated pain conditions, and psychological injuries in active-duty service members. Eglin’s ISC is unique from other ISCs in that it is the only center with an interventional pain suite which contains top-of-the-line x-ray and ultrasound equipment, a dedicated intervention pain physician and team. In addition, Eglin’s ISC is the first to use a kiln for art therapy and the first to have a dedicated chapel and chaplain to address spiritual healing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Azzano Speaks to Col Zick

Col. James Zick, 96th maintenance group commander, briefs Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander and Gen. Scott Cain, 96th Test Wing commander, Nov. 12 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The general toured the base during a visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Karissa Rodriguez)

Azzano visit ISC

Physical Therapist, Joseph Blackburn, briefs Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander, during a visit to the Intrepid Spirit Center Nov. 12 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Blackburn briefed Azzano on the state-of-the-art equipment used to stimulate and rehabilitate the physical and cognitive functions of the brain. Eglin’s ISC, the first on an Air Force base, is a treatment center dedicated to post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, associated pain conditions, and psychological injuries in active-duty service members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Commanders Call

Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Stafford, AFTC command chief, connect with Airmen at a commander's call Nov. 12 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The general toured the base during a visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Karissa Rodriguez)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Air Force Test Center Commander, Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano and Air Force Test Center Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Stafford, visited the 96th Test Wing Nov. 11-13, 2020 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. They checked in on the well-being of Airmen, base COVID-19 response procedures and toured various AFTC units at Eglin.  

Accompanied by 96th TW leadership, Azzano and Stafford toured the 96th Medical Group and Intrepid Spirit Center. They also met with 96th TW maintainers to discuss leadership and resiliency, in addition to Emergency Operations Center staff to discuss Hurricane Sally response. 

Airmen from the 96th Mission Support Group briefed Azzano and Stafford on the COVID-19 patient transport trucks and COVID-19 Reception Team. They explored wing innovation programs at Lukes Place, the 96th TW innovation hub ran by the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

“Team Eglin and the 96th Test Wing continue to forge combat power for our Nation with extraordinary strategic impact. Their innovative spirit is second to none!" said Azzano. 

The AFTC leadership team toured the Eglin Test and Training Range and visited with Airmen from the 96th Operations Group. They also visited the 96th Cyberspace Test Group, which serves as the lead organization for developmental testing of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, cybersecurity operations and electronic warfare.

"The 96th has set the stage for AFTC to develop Advanced Battle Management System rapidly and vault the U.S. ahead of our adversaries, with Joint All-Domain Operations. These are the world’s best Airmen doing amazing things when our Nation needs them most!” stressed Azzano.

Azzano and Stafford held a small, in-person commanders call at the Air Force Armament Museum. The 96th TW public affairs office also conducted a brief interview with Azzano to discuss the current status and future of test at Eglin. 

"When it comes to the mission of test and evaluation we're going to storm right through 2021 like there's no tomorrow. We've already seen great adaptation from Eglin to the COVID environment and all that we do in terms of the test mission really is back to pre-COVID levels," said Azzano, the former 96th TW commander from June 2015 - June 2017. "We just have to remember to take care of ourselves and each other."