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Eighteenth Air Force changes command

Maj. Gen. Bibb stands between Gen. Miller on the left and Maj. Gen Barrett on the right with Chief Simpson in the back holding the guidon

Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Mobility Command applauds as Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr. assumes command of Eighteenth Air Force from Maj. Gen. Sam. C. Barrett during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 18, 2020 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Eighteenth Air Force was reactivated Oct. 1, 2003 as Air Mobility Command's sole Numbered Air Force and is responsible for ensuring readiness and sustainment of approximately 36,000 active duty, Reserve and civilian Airmen. It consists of 12 wings and one stand-alone group. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Gen. Maryanne Miller speaks during 18th Air Force Change of Command ceremony

Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Mobility Command, provides remarks during the Eighteenth Air Force change of command ceremony, Aug. 18, 2020 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Eighteenth Air Force’s mission is inspired by a bold heritage, agile and versatile Mobility Airmen leading units and teams to ensure sustained mobility operational excellence worldwide. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Maj. Gen. Bibb delivers remarks at podium while Gen. Maryanne Miller and Maj. Gen. Barrett view from the stage.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr. provides remarks after assuming command of Eighteenth Air Force as Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Mobility Command looks on during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 18, 2020 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Eighteenth Air Force was reactivated Oct. 1, 2003, as the operational component of Air Mobility Command. It is AMC's only Numbered Air Force and the Air Force's largest NAF. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) --

Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr. took command of the Eighteenth Air Force during a change of command ceremony Aug. 18, at Scott Air Force Base.

 

Bibb, who most recently served as the director of strategic plans, programs, requirements and analyses at headquarters Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, took command from Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett who is Pentagon-bound after commanding for two years.

 

“Today it’s my honor to hand the guidon from one mobility sage to another,” said Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Mobility Command.

 

Miller recognized Bibb’s impressive resumé and highlighted how his extensive experience has prepared him for this job.

 

“This command is running hard and it takes a leader of your caliber and your skill to keep strong under today’s stressful security environment,” Miller said.

 

After symbolically passing the guidon, the in-person crowd applauded and welcomed Eighteenth Air Force’s newest commander.

 

“It is true that we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us,” Bibb said before mentioning the names of the former leaders of Eighteenth Air Force.

 

Bibb noted community support as an essential aspect for the success of Eighteenth Air Force wings.

 

He praised the personnel of Eighteenth Air Force as being the people who made the command successful.

 

“Our future is not decided, but I’m confident we can live up to the high bar Gen. Miller, Gen. Van Ovost and other senior leaders have set for us,” Bibb said, who is now responsible for ensuring readiness and sustainment of 36,000 Airmen who span 12 wings and one stand-alone group around the world.

 

He promised to give his all in command and stated that together, Eighteenth Air Force will continue to sacrifice and serve.

 

The ceremony featured a small, in-person audience due to COVID-19 mitigation measures. Ceremony participants also practiced social distancing and audience members wore masks to ensure the safety of all in attendance.

 

Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb, Jr., took command of 18th Air Force during a change of command ceremony Aug. 18, 2020, at Scott Air Force Base.

Bibb, who most recently served as the director of strategic plans, programs, requirements and analyses at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, took command from Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett who is Pentagon-bound after commanding for two years.

“Today it’s my honor to hand the guidon from one mobility sage to another,” said Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander.

Miller recognized Bibb’s impressive resumé and highlighted how his extensive experience has prepared him for this job.

“This command is running hard and it takes a leader of your caliber and your skill to keep strong under today’s stressful security environment,” she said.

After symbolically passing the guidon, the in-person crowd applauded and welcomed 18th Air Force’s newest commander.

“It is true that we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us,” Bibb said before mentioning the names of the former leaders of 18th Air Force.

Bibb noted community support as an essential aspect for the success of 18th Air Force wings.

He praised the warriors of 18th Air Force as being the people who make the command successful.

“Our future is not decided, but I’m confident we can live up to the high bar Gen. Miller, Gen. Van Ovost and other senior leaders have set for us,” said Bibb who is now responsible for ensuring readiness and sustainment of 36,000 Airmen who span 12 wings and one standalone group across the world.

He promised to give his all in command and stated that together, 18th Air Force will continue to sacrifice and serve.

The ceremony featured a small in-person audience due to COVID-19 mitigation measures. Ceremony participants also practiced social distancing and audience members wore masks to ensure the safety of all in attendance.

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