By Maj. George Tobias, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Public Affairs
/ Published September 23, 2020
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Camerer assumes command of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center during a change of command ceremony Sept. 23, 2020, at the USAF Expeditionary Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Air Mobility Command commander, presided over the ceremony where U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Gordy relinquished command of the USAF Expeditionary Center to Camerer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ashley Hyatt)
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Leadership of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center was officially passed to its newest commander, Maj. Gen. Mark Camerer, Sept. 23, 2020.
Camerer’s nearly 30-year career has included various positions at the squadron, group, wing, major command and combatant command levels. Prior to his current command, he was the Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
“Gen. Camerer is all about developing Airmen and building the force that will compete, deter, and win today, and tomorrow—he is absolutely the right person to lead the Expeditionary Center into the future,” said Air Mobility Command commander Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, who presided over the ceremony. “I have absolute faith and confidence he is the perfect leader to build upon [Maj. Gen. John Gordy’s] foundation and accelerate this command into the future.”
During the ceremony, Camerer told the nearly 14,000 Airmen of the Expeditionary Center his commitment to the men, women, and families of the Expeditionary Center who support its vital mission to Air Mobility Command and the U.S. Air Force.
“‘I assume command,’… they are more than three ceremonial words, they represent the commitment to the men, women and families of the Expeditionary Center that I make today,” Camerer said. “They instantly and profoundly link Julie and me to an awesome military organization.”
Camerer’s extensive operational and command experience will further the Expeditionary Center’s strategic importance to rapid global mobility.
“At the Expeditionary Center, we put the rapid in rapid global mobility, we are the power projection platform with strategic military locations across the globe. We have built the key relationships with the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps., the Space Force, and with our international partners that allow us to rapidly move anything to any destination on the planet,” Camerer said, adding that the Airmen of the Expeditionary Center “provide our nation with the strategic advantage that is coveted by our senior leaders, respected by our allies, and cannot be matched by our adversaries.”
Camerer concluded his remarks stating, “I am humbled to join this amazing team… I understand the responsibility that I am shouldering and I know the strategic importance of the Expeditionary Center, together we will continue to put the rapid in rapid global mobility as we deliver air power … from the ground up!”
The Expeditionary Center, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the Air Force's Center of excellence for Rapid Global Mobility and expeditionary Agile Combat Support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for the Global Air Mobility Support System and installation support, contingency response, and building partnership capacity mission sets within the global mobility enterprise.