Team Mildenhall hosts annual Yuletide reception

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Amrhein, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, right, greets guests at the Yuletide reception Dec. 1, 2017, hosted on RAF Mildenhall, England. Previous to meeting the commander, guests viewed displays highlighting the missions of the 100th ARW, the 352d Special Operations Wing and the 48th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Amrhein, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, right, greets guests at the Yuletide reception Dec. 1, 2017, hosted on RAF Mildenhall, England. Previous to meeting the commander, guests viewed displays highlighting the missions of the 100th ARW, the 352d Special Operations Wing and the 48th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing converse with guests of the Yuletide reception Dec. 1, 2017, hosted on RAF Mildenhall, England. Prior to opening remarks, Airmen spoke to guests about their wing’s mission and their experience living in England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing converse with guests of the Yuletide reception Dec. 1, 2017, hosted on RAF Mildenhall, England. Prior to opening remarks, Airmen spoke to guests about their wing’s mission and their experience living in England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Smith, 352d Special Operations Wing commander, greets guests at the Yuletide reception Dec. 1, 2017, hosted on RAF Mildenhall, England. Previous to meeting the commander, guests had the opportunity to speak with Airmen and learn about the missions of the 100th ARW, the 352d Special Operations Wing and the 48th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Smith, 352d Special Operations Wing commander, greets guests at the Yuletide reception Dec. 1, 2017, hosted on RAF Mildenhall, England. Previous to meeting the commander, guests had the opportunity to speak with Airmen and learn about the missions of the 100th ARW, the 352d Special Operations Wing and the 48th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

RAF MILDENHALL, England – Distinguished visitors from the local community attended the Yuletide reception at RAF Mildenhall Dec. 1.

Guests were greeted by leadership from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the 352d Special Operations Wing and the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath.

The Yuletide reception highlights the partnership between military and local communities.

Col.l Christopher Amrhein, 100th ARW commander, gave opening remarks and thanked all those involved in hosting the event. Amrhein introduced Col. Matthew Smith, 352 SOW commander and mission partner.

“People are more important than hardware,” Smith said. “When you are talking about people, you are talking about relationships, and that is what this evening represents.”

The commanders thanked the community leaders for their friendship, support and advocacy in the communities they are representing.

“Our Airmen live in your villages, their children attend your schools and they attend your churches – they are a fundamental part of your community,” Smith explained. “It is one community with shared interests and we are able to complete our mission through the relationship that you all represent tonight.”