by Capt. Lauren Ott
USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs
7/2/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Lt.
Gen. Timothy Ray took command of 3rd Air Force from Lt. Gen. Darryl
Roberson during a change of command ceremony here, 2 July.
Gen. Frank Gorenc, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air
Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, presided over the change of command
ceremony and began with his farewell to General Roberson and his family.
"Today we say goodbye to General Roberson and his wife Cheryl. They leave an incredible record of mission accomplishment."
Gorenc went on to talk of the future of 3rd Air Force under Ray. "Yet
another chapter in 3rd Air Force history comes to a close, but the good
news is that under the leadership of General Ray, a new chapter begins,"
said Gorenc. "His experience as a bomber pilot will provide a unique
view for both EUCOM and AFRICOM requirements."
Roberson, who has been selected for reassignment to Joint Base San
Antonio-Randolph, Texas, as commander, Air Education Training Command,
reflected on his time at 3rd Air Force.
"It has been a tremendous privilege to work with all the Airmen of 3rd
Air Force, 17th Expeditionary Air Force, to be a part of this great
USAFE-AFAFRICA staff, and to be back in Germany."
He went on to say of Ray, "I know what you're getting as your new
commander, and I can tell everyone that you will see a steady,
competent, and proficient general officer."
Ray comes to 3rd Air Force from the Pentagon where he served as the
director of Global Power Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of
the Air Force for Acquisition. He is a command pilot with over 4,000
flight hours in seven different aircraft.
The general expressed his gratitude toward Roberson and thanked him for his leadership.
Ray then addressed the men and women of the 3rd Air Force, 17th
Expeditionary Air Force, "we stand at the strategic crossroads of the
world, at an incredibly important time," he said. "You will be the
difference between peace and stability, and the success and failure of
the combined and joint team, and I believe that to my very core. I just
pledge to you my utmost leadership in these coming years."
As 3rd Air Force Commander, Ray will be responsible for the headquarters
operations directorate, the 603rd Air Operations Center, and 10 wings
consisting of more than 32,000 personnel.