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Wright Patterson Gets New Commander
Wright Patterson Air Force Base welcomed Col. Cassie Barlow as the new commander of the 88th Air Base Wing.
During the change of command ceremony on Tuesday, Col. Amanda Gladney thanked those who helped make her two year leadership over the 88th Air Base successful.
“To the men and women of the mighty 88th, you are the best period,” Gladney said.
“Over the past two years you have moved mountains. Thank you for caring for each other, and taking care of this mission.”
The mantel was then passed to Col. Cassie Barlow, who was then presented with her first salute as leader of the 88th Airbase Wing.
She also praised the men and women now under her command.
“I am proud to be your coach, your cheerleader, your mentor, and your confidant. I look forward to being a member of your team, and serving with you as we continue the tradition of excellence that you have established.”
Barlow previously served as Director of Manpower and Personnel of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
The 88th Air Base wing is one of the largest and most complex wings in the Air force. It includes a major acquisition center, research and development labs, a major command headquarters, an air lift wing, and the National Museum of the US Air Force-the worldâ€™s largest military air museum.
Wright-Patterson is home to more than 27,000 employees and is the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio.