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Task Force-Holloman and 49th Wing leadership standby to greet Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass as she arrives on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Task Force-Holloman and 49th Wing leadership standby to greet Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass as she arrives on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Brig. Gen. Daniel Gabrielli, Task Force-Holloman commander, greets Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass as she arrives to tour and meet Airmen and Guardians from the 49th Wing and Task Force-Holloman on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Brig. Gen. Daniel Gabrielli, Task Force-Holloman commander, greets Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass as she arrives to tour and meet Airmen and Guardians from the 49th Wing and Task Force-Holloman on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks to Jessica Manco, a member of the Holloman Spouses Organization and lead donations supervisor, about the donations center at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks to Jessica Manco, a member of the Holloman Spouses Organization and lead donations supervisor, about the donations center at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass greets Afghan students during their English lessons at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Task Force-Holloman on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass greets Afghan students during their English lessons at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Task Force-Holloman on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

(From left to right) Brig. Gen. Daniel Gabrielli, Task Force-Holloman commander, 1st Lt. Saleha Jabeen, TF-H religious and cultural advisor deployed from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass pose for photo as part of a visit to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

(From left to right) Brig. Gen. Daniel Gabrielli, Task Force-Holloman commander, 1st Lt. Saleha Jabeen, TF-H religious and cultural advisor deployed from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass pose for photo as part of a visit to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass visits Task Force-Holloman’s Life Support Area as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass visits Task Force-Holloman’s Life Support Area as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Task Force-Holloman Airmen at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Task Force-Holloman Airmen at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Task Force-Holloman Airmen at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Task Force-Holloman Airmen at Aman Omid Village as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass presents a coin to Staff Sgt. Wesley Ferguson, Task Force-Holloman security forces squad leader deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass presents a coin to Staff Sgt. Wesley Ferguson, Task Force-Holloman security forces squad leader deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass presents a coin to Tech. Sgt. April Flores, Task Force-Holloman noncommissioned officer in charge of immunizations deployed from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass presents a coin to Tech. Sgt. April Flores, Task Force-Holloman noncommissioned officer in charge of immunizations deployed from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass presents a coin to Senior Airman Leslie Garza, Task Force-Holloman personnel support for contingency operations deployed from Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass presents a coin to Senior Airman Leslie Garza, Task Force-Holloman personnel support for contingency operations deployed from Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, on Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass poses for a picture with the Task Force-Holloman Airmen who were presented coins during a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass poses for a picture with the Task Force-Holloman Airmen who were presented coins during a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass addresses Task Force-Holloman and 49th Wing Airmen and Guardians during an all call as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass addresses Task Force-Holloman and 49th Wing Airmen and Guardians during an all call as part of a visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony Sanchez)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass answers questions during a question and answer section of an all call as part of visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass answers questions during a question and answer section of an all call as part of visit to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass talks to Airmen and Guardians about the importance of their service and staying ready for anything as part of an all call at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass talks to Airmen and Guardians about the importance of their service and staying ready for anything as part of an all call at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sarah Rolin)

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, visited Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2021.
 
Bass received a first-hand look at Task Force-Holloman operations, which included touring the life support area housing service members temporarily deployed in support of the Operation Allies Welcome, the in-processing center, quality of life support, and Aman Omid Village where Afghan evacuees reside.
 
“Our force is half the size it was when I entered the Air Force,” Bass said. “Your service matters more than it ever has.”
 
As part of the visit, Bass visited the Initial Processing Center and flight line where the Afghan evacuees arrived.
 
“Whether you’re an Airman from POL (petroleum, oil, and lubricant), admin, finance, load master, or whatever else we trained you for but when you’re supporting this particular mission, you’re doing a whole lot of other stuff that you probably thought you never will have done,” Bass said. “I thought it was fantastic.”
 
Bass also had the opportunity to walk through Aman Omid Village to meet the Airmen who built and continue to sustain the quality of life within the village. The tour included the AOV dining facility, recreation areas and medical services for evacuees as they wait for resettlement in the United States. 
 
“What I loved seeing and what was inspiring was watching the Airmen operate and seeing the emotional intelligence they have to care for our Afghan guests,” Bass said.
 
Bass also mentioned that she is proud of the Airmen and the civilians at TF-H, and feels that the evacuees are in good hands.
 
“What is most rewarding is knowing that we won’t necessary see the fruits of our labor today, but we’ll see the fruits of that labor in generations to come,” she added.
 
Before departing TF-H, Bass held an all call with TF-H and Holloman AFB personnel to disseminate Air Force-level updates and to recognize them for their hard work.
 
“Our nation is safe because of the service you provide every day,” said Bass. “It’s not lost on our senior leaders, it’s because of you, we are free.”

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