3rd Air Force commander visits Spangdahlem

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks during an all call at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberson spoke about his priorities and the direction the Air Force is moving in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks during an all call at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberson spoke about his priorities and the direction the Air Force is moving in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks during an all call at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. At the end of the call, Roberson opened the floor for a question-and-answer session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks during an all call at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. At the end of the call, Roberson opened the floor for a question-and-answer session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Jude Sorg, 52nd Force Support Squadron deputy commander, briefs U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, during a facility tour Dec. 9, 2014, at the Eifel Powerhaus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.  Roberson toured the new facility that replaced the old fitness center in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

Jude Sorg, 52nd Force Support Squadron deputy commander, briefs U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, during a facility tour Dec. 9, 2014, at the Eifel Powerhaus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Roberson toured the new facility that replaced the old fitness center in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, operates an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft flight simulator during an immersion visit Dec. 9, 2014, to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Roberson, a previous wing commander at Spangdahlem from 2006-2008, toured new the facilities that were not here during his command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, operates an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft flight simulator during an immersion visit Dec. 9, 2014, to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Roberson, a previous wing commander at Spangdahlem from 2006-2008, toured new the facilities that were not here during his command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

Cheryl Roberson, left, wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, and Kristen Winkler visit the 52nd Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberson made stops at multiple locations during her visit to include the Airman’s Attic, 52nd Medical Group clinic and Eifel Powerhaus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Cheryl Roberson, left, wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, and Kristen Winkler visit the 52nd Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberson made stops at multiple locations during her visit to include the Airman’s Attic, 52nd Medical Group clinic and Eifel Powerhaus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Cheryl Roberson, wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class James Roberts, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, tour the base clinic at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberts and other 52nd MDOS Airmen updated Roberson on the new technologies and resources the facility provides to Spangdahlem. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Cheryl Roberson, wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class James Roberts, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, tour the base clinic at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberts and other 52nd MDOS Airmen updated Roberson on the new technologies and resources the facility provides to Spangdahlem. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Cheryl Roberson, left, wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, reads the tribute to George Price in the George Price Gymnasium on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberson also attended the commander’s all call where her husband spoke on key Air Force issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Cheryl Roberson, left, wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, reads the tribute to George Price in the George Price Gymnasium on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2014. Roberson also attended the commander’s all call where her husband spoke on key Air Force issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, completed his immersion tour of the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 10, 2014.

Roberson, a previous wing commander at Spangdahlem from 2006-2008, toured the new facilities that were not here during his command. He also met with outstanding performers for lunch, held an all call to speak to Saber Nation and spent a day with the 480th Fighter Squadron.

Roberson talked to the wing about his three priorities-which are motivational mission accomplishment, compassionate care of our Airmen and families, and the constant drive to improve and innovate-and some of the issues facing the Air Force today.

He challenged Spangdahlem Airmen to make procedures better and improve on practices which fall under Roberson's priority of demonstrating a constant drive to improve and innovate.

"Make it better than it was when you got here, wherever your job is, whatever you're doing, make it better than it was when you got here," he continued.

Before the all call, Roberson met with the outstanding performers from the base, getting to know the Airmen, answering their questions and thanking them for what they do.

"It was good to see how much a person of his rank values the Airmen," said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jessica Cunningham, a 52nd Force Support Squadron food service apprentice. "Not just the higher ranking, but the lower ranking Airmen who do the grunt work on a day-to-day basis. It is always a great thing to have someone so high up on the totem pole tell you that your job is imperative, and that the work you do matters."

Before completing the all call, Roberson took time to thank Saber Nation for the things they do.

"There is a lot that goes on right here at Spangdahlem that is fundamentally critical to America and to NATO," Roberson said. "So I thank you for that and thank you for what you do each day."