by Guido Locati
25th Air Force Public Affairs
8/4/2015 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas -- U.S.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Bradford J. "B.J." Shwedo, took command of the 25th
Air Force today from Maj. Gen. John N. T. "Jack" Shanahan during a
change of command ceremony that Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle,
commander of Air Combat Command, officiated here, Aug. 3.
"It is great to be back here in San Antonio," Shwedo said, referencing
two previous assignments here as commander of the 67th Network Warfare
Group and later as commander of 67th Network Warfare Wing; both of which
were part of the Air Intelligence Agency, now 25th Air Force.
Shwedo talked about the pride he said he feels at all of the things the
ISR Airmen are doing to protect the U.S. from "the bad guys."
After highlighting several intelligence jobs along Shwedo's career
including his background in cyber operations, Carlisle said, "I know we
have the right man for the job."
Before he arrived, Shwedo, a 1987 graduate of the Air Force Academy, was
the director of capability and resource integration, U.S. Cyber
Command, Fort Meade, Md. where he was responsible for acquiring
resources to satisfy the command's requirements. To meet the growing
demand for offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, Shwedo led the
development and oversight for the Cyber Mission Forces' integrated
master plan and schedule covering three mission areas: defending the
nation in cyberspace, providing support to combatant commands and
protecting the DoD information networks.
Immediately following the change of command, Carlisle officiated
Shanahan's promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. His promotion is
in preparation for Shanahan's new role as Under Secretary of Defense
(Intelligence) for Joint and Coalition Warfighter Support: and director,
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force at the
During his promotion ceremony, Shanahan made it a point to recognize the
men and women of 25th Air Force whose tireless dedication to the
mission led to his promotion.
Shanahan becomes the fourth consecutive outgoing commander in the 25th Air Force era to attain a third star.