by Master Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher
18th Air Force Public Affairs
10/20/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Gen.
Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander and former 18th
AF commander, presided over a ceremony today in which Lt. Gen. Samuel
Cox assumed command of 18th Air Force.
Everhart said Cox's leadership and the dedication of the men and women
of 18th Air Force will allow the command to reach new heights.
"Those Total Force Airmen... Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian,
make up the largest numbered air force in the greatest air force the
world has ever known," Everhart said. "It is now your charge and
challenge to lead them."
As 18th AF commander, Cox will lead Air Mobility Command's operational
mission as Air Forces Transportation, the air component of U.S.
Transportation Command. He is responsible for the command's worldwide
operational mission of providing rapid, global mobility and sustainment
for America's armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling,
aeromedical evacuation, and contingency response. Additionally, Cox also
commands Task Force 294, which oversees Air Force tanker operations in
support of U.S. Strategic Command.
"I look forward to leading and working alongside our mobility warriors,"
Cox said. "We are blessed to have amazing Airmen who are incredibly
talented, and I am honored and privileged to be back as part of this
Cox comes to 18th AF from the Pentagon where he served as Deputy Chief
of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services. His prior assignments
include multiple operational assignments in Air Mobility Command,
commander of the 436th Airlift Wing and the 618th Air and Space
Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) and Director of
Operations and Plans at USTRANSCOM.
"I know what the Airmen of 18th Air Force are capable of," Cox said. "We
will certainly face new and different challenges in the future, but I
know our Total Force Airmen will rise to the occasion, and together, we
will succeed - just like they have done for decades."
With approximately 37,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilians
Airmen and approximately 1,100 aircraft, the 18th Air Force manages the
global air mobility enterprise through the 618th Air Operations Center
(Tanker Airlift Control Center) , 11 wings and two stand-alone groups.