Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh (left) presents Air Force Special Operations Command's guidon to Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who took the organization's helm during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 3, 2014. Air Force photo by MSgt. Steven Pearsall
Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold assumed command of Air
Force Special Operations Command in a ceremony at Hulburt Field, Fla. He
Gen. Eric Fiel, who led the organization since June 2011. "I'm
fortunate to take a command that's in the shape that it is," said Heithold
during the July 3 event. He noted that AFSOC has the best readiness posture it's
ever had. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh presided over the ceremony. Navy
Adm. William McRaven, head of US Special Operations Command, also participated. Heithold took the helm of AFSOC, which comprises some 19,000
airmen, after three years as SOCOM's vice commander. "Brad, your new
command is now globally postured, and the air commandos of AFSOC will never,
ever let you down," said Fiel, who is retiring from the Air Force,
effective Sept. 1, following 33 years of service. McRaven credited Fiel with
transforming "AFSOC and its magnificent air commandos to meet the demands
of the 21st century." (Hurlburt report by 1st Lt. Brionna
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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