Military
4:59 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

88th Air Base Wing Gets New Commander

  • Col. Amanda Gladney final speech as Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing
  • Col. Cassie Barlow addresses the men and women now under her command.

One of the largest air base wings in the Air Force got a new commander.  Col. Cassie Barlow assumed command of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at a ceremony Tuesday morning at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  

In the ceremony,  Col. Amanda Gladney thanked those who, she says, helped make her leadership successful.

"To the men and women of the mighty 88th, you are the best period.  Over the past two years you have moved mountains. Thank you for caring for each other, and taking care of this mission.  It was with the leadership, dedication and expertise of each and every one of you, from the youngest airmen to the most experienced military and civilian leaders, we have been able to succeed in a  myriad of remarkable achievements, all because of you."

After the change of command ceremony, Col. Barlow was 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 world'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.