by Tech. Sgt. Kris Levasseur
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
6/19/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Airmen of the 86th Airlift Wing welcomed a new commander during the change of command ceremony here June 19.
Brig. Gen. Jon T. Thomas formally took command of the Air Force's
premier power projection platform in Hangar 1 while Lt. Gen. Darryl L.
Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander,
officiated the ceremony.
"We are gathered here today to reflect on the accomplishments of the
86th Airlift Wing over the last two years under the command of General
Mordente and say farewell, good luck and thank you," Roberson said. "I'd
also like to give a big welcome to General Thomas and his wife and say
welcome back to Ramstein."
As the wing commander, Thomas will be responsible for of six groups, 27
squadrons and 10 geographically separated units across five countries
including the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Turkey.
"General Mordente, thank you for your service to the 86th Airlift Wing,"
Thomas said. "It is clear that this wing and its Airmen are successful
and on the right track, which speaks greatly to the person leading them.
To the Airmen of Ramstein, I will always be proud to serve with you.
You can expect me to give my best every day, leading with passion and
compassion for you and your families. I ask but one thing in return;
that you extend that same level of effort to execute the mission. It is
our duty to follow in the footsteps of those great Airmen before us."
Before becoming commander, Thomas served as Joint Staff/J7 Deputy
Director for Future Joint Force Development in Suffolk, Virginia, where
he was responsible for joint concept development, joint war gaming,
joint and coalition operational analysis and joint lessons learned.
During his last assignment to Ramstein AB, Thomas served as the commander of the 86th Operations Group.