325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
11/15/2012 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col.
David Graff, previous 325th Fighter Wing vice commander, took command
of the 325th FW from Brig. Gen. John K. McMullen in a change of command
"I am so honored and humbled to be standing here and taking command,"
Graff said. "General McMullen, you have put Tyndall on the right path.
Providing air dominance for America is not negotiable, and as your vice,
I feel you have prepared me to continue the mission."
Prior to arriving at Tyndall in July 2012, Graff attended the National
War College, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. He received his Air Force
commission through the Air Force Academy in 1993, and completed F-15C
Eagle initial qualification training at Tyndall in 1995. The colonel
returned to Tyndall in 1998 and served as an instructor pilot and
weapons officer in the then -- 2nd Fighter Squadron until 1999.
Officiating today's ceremony was Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, Ninth Air
Force commander, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C, which is comprised of eight
active-duty wings, including the 325th FW, and two direct reporting
units all located in the Southeastern U.S.
"'Sir, I assume command,' are four of the sweetest words any officer
will ever say, and 'Sir, I relinquish command,' are four of the most
painful words an officer will ever say," said Wells. "Colonel Graff, you
are well prepared to lead the 325th FW. General, you and Mrs. McMullen
will both be missed."
McMullen and his family are headed to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The
general will fill the position of Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at
North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Headquarters Allied Air Command.
"It seems like yesterday that I was standing on this stage getting ready
to take command, and assume the responsibility of guiding these
Airmen," McMullen said. "It has been an honor to lead these great Airmen
standing before us. I can't thank you enough for this opportunity. Kim
and I have absolutely loved every moment of this assignment. We love the
mission, the area, and most importantly we love the people. I wish you
all the best."
The 325th FW, with the mission to train and project unrivaled combat
power, consists of more than 4,000 personnel who train F-22 Raptor
pilots, intelligence officers, maintainers and other specialties.
Tyndall is host to numerous tenant units, and supports 23,000 Airmen,
civilians, contractors and their families. Additionally, Tyndall has
more than $570 million in local economic impact.