Maj. Gen. Richard Clark (right) accepts a command guidon from Lt. Gen. Jim Kowalski, US Strategic Command's vice commander, during the 8th Air Force change-of-command ceremony at Barksdale AFB, La., April 17, 2015. Air Force photo by SrA. Jannelle Dickey
Maj. Gen. Richard Clark assumed command of 8th Air Force during a ceremony at Barksdale AFB, La., according to
a release. Clark now leads the numbered air force that oversees the Air Force's nuclear-capable bomber force of B-2As and B-52Hs. He had been Air Force Global Strike Command's vice commander since August 2014. "It is my honor and privilege to serve you and be your wingman, to make sure that you have everything you need to do this mission and follow the footsteps of our forefathers," Clark told the assembled airmen during the April 17 change-of-command ceremony. "Let's go make history," he said. Clark replaced
Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, who commanded 8th AF since October 2013. "I can't think of a better or more experienced commander to take the reins from General Vander Hamm and lead the Mighty Eighth into the future," said Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, AFGSC boss, of Clark. Wilson presided over the ceremony. Vander Hamm is moving to his new assignment as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements on the Air Staff in the Pentagon. (See also Vander Hamm's
farewell letter to 8th AF airmen.)
Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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