BAFB 2nd Bomb Wing: Air Force History Made in 25 Seconds on August 1, 2014
By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor & radio host, “Talk of the Town”
Air Force history was made in just 25 seconds Friday, August 1st, 2014, when Col. Kristen E. Goodwin was sworn-in as the first female commander in Air Force history for a bomb wing.
And, that piece of history belonged to the 2nd Bomb Wing, located at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Amidst the playing of “Ruffles & Flourishes,” the “National Anthem” & the “Air Force Song,” hundreds of distinguished visitors, Airmen and family members watched from inside Hoban Hall.
For this time-honored tradition, 8th Air force Commander Maj. Gen. Scott A. Vander Hamm performed the change of command ceremony, with only eight words spoken.
First, outgoing 2nd Bomb Wing Commander, Col. Andrew J. Gebara said: “Sir, I relinquish command.” Next, Col. Kristin E. Goodwin said: “Sir I assume command.”
25 seconds in all, and the course of Air Force history was changed forever.
Among those applauding the first female bomb wing commander were the Mayor of Bossier City, Lorenz “Lo” Walker, a retired Air Force Colonel…the Mayor of Shreveport, Cedric B. Glover…State Senator Barrow Peacock, along with numerous retired generals, and others with ranks of military distinction, all present at the ceremonies.
Let it be known, that Col. Goodwin has worked diligently to achieve this promotion in rank and responsibility, with 2,726 flight hours as a Command Pilot – including the B-2, EC-130, C-130, T-38, T-1 & T-37. Now, you can B-52 to her resume.
The Colonel’s bio is filled with literally scores of credentials of past assignments and honors, most-recently as Vice-Commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri…and, just prior to that, she was an Air Force Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank.
In her speech to the audience, especially, the men and women of “The Mighty Deuce,” Col. Goodwin outlined the values she has learned during her 20-plus years in the Air Force: “…people, mission, and execute.”
Specifically, her challenge to members of the 2nd Bomb Wing was simple, “Value people, execute the mission, and take pride in what you do.”
Lessons we should all live by. Now, “Off she goes, into the wild blue yonder.”
God Speed, Col. Kristin E. Goodwin: May you always have a strong tailwind…and again, Congratulations on your new command.
May you continue to soar with the eagles on wings of blue.