24th Air Force changes command

General William L. Shelton (left), commander of Air Force Space Command, passes the 24th Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson after Maj. Gen. James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin (not pictured) relinquished command, at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, July 31. Wilson was previously the deputy commander of Air Forces Cyber from September 2011 through June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Belcher)

General William L. Shelton (left), commander of Air Force Space Command, passes the 24th Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson after Maj. Gen. James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin (not pictured) relinquished command, at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, July 31. Wilson was previously the deputy commander of Air Forces Cyber from September 2011 through June 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Belcher)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas -- 24th Air Force welcomed a new commander July 31 during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Maj. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson assumed command of 24th Air Force from Maj. Gen. James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin.

Wilson comes to 24th Air Force from the Pentagon, where he served as the director of space operations, deputy chief of staff for operations for plans and requirements.

The 24th Air Force mission is to operate, extend and defend the Air Force Information Network, defend key mission systems, and provide full-spectrum cyberspace capabilities for the joint warfighter in, through and from cyberspace.

Wilson has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and served as the deputy commander, Air Forces Cyber, from September 2011 through June 2013.

"I look forward to continuing the work Major General McLaughlin started by focusing on mission, people and partnerships," said Wilson during the change-of-command ceremony.

McLaughlin had been in command of 24th Air Force since June 25, 2013. After a promotion to lieutenant general on July 31, he will go on to become deputy director of U.S. Cyber Command at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.