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Ninth Air Force change of command highlights joint capabilities

Ninth AF change of command highlights joint capabilities

Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, right, Ninth Air Force incoming commander, assumes command of Ninth AF from Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Combat Command commander, during a change of command ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 13, 2019. Prior to assuming command, Franks served as the deputy commander for Operations and Intelligence at Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and commander of 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force-Levant in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Ninth AF organizes, trains and equips its headquarters to be a deployable, operational-level Joint Task Force, as well as prepares its subordinate command to prepare for and execute expeditionary taskings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

Ninth AF change of command highlights joint capabilities

Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Combat Command commander; Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, Ninth Air Force outgoing commander; and Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, Ninth AF incoming commander, await the ceremonial portion of a change of command at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 13, 2019. Holmes was the presiding officer over the ceremony. Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, Ninth Air Force incoming commander, took command from Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, Ninth AF outgoing commander, during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dick)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) --

Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks took command of Ninth Air Force from Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist during a change of command ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, June 13.

Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Combat Command commander, presided over the ceremony.

“In the past year, Ninth Air Force reached initial operational capability as a Joint Task Force-capable headquarters, offering a new capability for joint leaders,” Holmes said. “They continue to support Air Combat Command, the Air Force at large and our joint partners and they’ll provide an operational warfighting component ready to deliver strategic combat airpower.

“Your efforts have enabled us to continue to exploit and control air, space and cyber and have helped us to get after the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s priority of developing joint leaders and teams,” Holmes continued.

Holmes emphasized Zobrist’s efforts as a leader, paving the way for Ninth Air Force to become what it is today.

“(General Zobrist), you’ve worked tirelessly for your people and your dedication is always noticed,” he explained. “Your leadership as a Ninth Air Force commander has been incredible, and your work for your Airmen has empowered and equipped a generation of Airmen to carry out their current missions and ensure dominance in future joint fights.”

Additionally, Holmes expressed how Franks’ leadership and joint experiences will complement Ninth Air Force as it continues toward full operational capability as a JTF-capable headquarters.

“General Franks is at the pinnacle of experience in the HH-60 and (combat search and rescue) world … he’s been a leader at every level,” Holmes stressed. “All of that, combined with his recent assignment, has set him up for success here as the Ninth Air Force commander.

“Your foresight, leadership and intricate understanding of the joint environment has resulted in serious improvements and excellence everywhere you go. I know this trend will continue as you take command of Ninth Air Force and lead this NAF (numbered air force) into an exciting future,” he continued.

A graduate of the University of New Orleans ROTC program, Franks previously served as the deputy commander for Operations and Intelligence at Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and the commander of 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force-Levant in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, before taking command of Ninth Air Force.

“What an honor to be here with you today … Kim and I are extremely excited about this opportunity,” Franks said. “General Holmes, thanks for this incredible opportunity to rejoin this Ninth Air Force team … General Zobrist let me add to the congratulations on such an incredible career. Thanks for your outstanding leadership of Ninth Air Force and thanks for your service to your country.”

“General Holmes, someone once said, ‘Good teams want to be told they are good; great teams want to get told how they can get better.’ My promise to you; is every Airman in Ninth Air Force, including myself, will come to work every day with a focus on working to get better, so we can continue to deliver unmatched lethal fires for our joint and coalition partners wherever it is required,” Franks continued.

Zobrist will retire September 1st after 33 years of military service. He not only thanked his family and Ninth Air Force Airmen during the ceremony, but addressed them in a farewell commentary.

The change of command was also the last official event for Chief Master Sgt. Dave Wade as the outgoing Ninth Air Force command chief and the first official event for Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Hedden as the incoming Ninth AF command chief. Wade will become the next ACC command chief.

In addition to organizing, training and equipping its headquarters to be a deployable, operational-level JTF, Ninth Air Force also prepares its subordinate commands to prepare for and execute expeditionary taskings. In total, Ninth Air Force commands eight wings and three direct reporting units in the Southeastern U.S., ensuring the operational readiness of more than 400 aircraft and 26,000 active duty and civilian members.

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