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.
Officials with the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base say they are ready to transition from 12 centers to 5 centers. The consolidation changes were announced in November of 2011 in response to the Defense Department's request to save money and to make operations more efficient.
The restructuring plan is expected to save the Air Force 109 million dollars a year.
Colonel Timothy Jex will be appointed to head the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at a command ceremony Friday. It follows his promotion to brigadier general. Colonel Jex most recently served as the vice director of the Human Performance Wing. He replaces current director Thomas Wells who will retire from the Air Force after serving for 31 years.
Jex will oversee 2000 personnel. The wing’s mission is to enhance human performance for air, space and cyberspace through research, education and consultation.
The military says 20-year-old Nicholas Olivas of Fairfield was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 2010 and was an infantryman with a unit at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Former Hamilton mayor Adolfo Olivas tells The JournalNews of Hamilton that his son was trained to be a translator and had been in Afghanistan since February. Adolfo Olivas says his son loved fishing and hunting and viewed himself as a protector.
He says the survivors include the soldier's wife and infant.