624th Operations Center welcomes new commander

Col. Michael P. Dombrowski (right) accepts the 624th Operations Center guidon from Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander during a change of command ceremony July 1, 2015 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 624 OC's mission is to establish, plan, direct, coordinate, assess, command and control full spectrum cyberspace operations and capabilities to support Air Force and joint requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Faske/Released)

Col. Michael P. Dombrowski (right) accepts the 624th Operations Center guidon from Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander during a change of command ceremony July 1, 2015 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 624 OC's mission is to establish, plan, direct, coordinate, assess, command and control full spectrum cyberspace operations and capabilities to support Air Force and joint requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Faske/Released)

The men and women of the 624th Operations Center render their first salute to Col. Michael P. Dombrowski during a change of command ceremony July 1, 2015 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Dombrowski assumed command of the 624 OC from Col Bradley L. Pyburn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stuart C. Wilson/Released)

The men and women of the 624th Operations Center render their first salute to Col. Michael P. Dombrowski during a change of command ceremony July 1, 2015 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Dombrowski assumed command of the 624 OC from Col Bradley L. Pyburn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stuart C. Wilson/Released)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The men and women of the 624th Operations Center welcomed their newest commander, Col. Michael P. Dombrowski, and bid farewell to Col. Bradley L. Pyburn during a change of command ceremony held on JBSA-Lackland, July 1, 2015. Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force commander presided over the ceremony.

"Today, I stand before all of you, grateful to follow a visionary as talented as Col. Pyburn," said Dombrowski about his predecessor. "A man who has matured cyber more in two years than generations of Airmen matured airpower in two decades," he added. "I stand in awe of everything you and your team has accomplished in just a short two years and I promise to do everything in my power to keep cyber on the fast track you've established as we mature this domain."

Dombrowski takes command of the 624th OC after a short tour as Director of Communications for 25th Air Force, an assignment that directly followed the successful completion of a National Security Fellowship at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A career Air Force space and cyberspace officer, Dombrowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and soon thereafter was commissioned into the Air Force. In 1999, Dombrowski earned a Masters of Science degree in Information Systems, from Western International University and later was a Distinguished Graduate of the Advanced Communications Officer Training Course in 2002. Dombrowski also holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree from the Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

"History tells us that the fight is won when the commander is engaged first hand to develop a plan," said Dombrowski. "Our job is to help the Commander formulate his strategy in support of the myriad operational plans in every theatre of operations."