by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton
501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs
5/29/2015 - RAF ALCONBURY, England -- Since
its relocation to RAF Alconbury, England, in 2007, five U.S. Air Force
officers have commanded the 501st Combat Support Wing.
During a ceremony on base, May 28, Col. Kevin Cullen became the sixth,
when he assumed command of the nation's only combat support wing from
Col. Angela Cadwell.
Regarded as Pathfinders, Airmen of the 501st CSW built a legacy as
pioneers of new ideas and radical solutions - a tradition Cullen said he
wishes to build upon.
"Together, we are bounded by professionalism, inspired by innovation and
fueled by Pathfinder pride," the commander said. "With those three
pillars, our potential is limitless."
Poised to ensure three air base groups, co-located between the United
Kingdom and Norway, Cullen said he is committed to ensuring the groups
and mission partners are resourced, sustained, trained and equipped to
provide exemplary mission support to U.S. and NATO warfighters.
"We provide our country and Allies a set of unique, diverse and critical
strategic capabilities," Cullen said. "My challenge to individuals,
squadrons, groups and the wing is to continue to light the way into new
and amazing territory."
Presiding over the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and
17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, placed complete confidence in
Cullen's ability to continue the wing's path of excellence.
"It's a perfect fit," Roberson said. "Col. Cullen is right where he needs to be."
Serving as the critical entry and relay point for cyber activities
across the U.S. European, Africa and Central Commands, as well as the
U.S. State Department, the 501st CSW would not enjoy its stellar mission
success rate without a highly trained team of professionals, Cullen
"Your dedication to the mission, and each other, are the fundamental
building blocks of our combat capability," Cullen said. "We are the
Pathfinders, and we light the way for all others to follow."