New Major General takes command of 24th Air Force

General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command, prepares to transfer the 24AF guidon from Maj. Gen. Burke "Ed" Wilson to Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman during the 24th Air Force change of command ceremony 17 June. Command Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell (center) served as guidon bearer during the ceremony.  (US Photo by Johnny Saldivar)

General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command, prepares to transfer the 24AF guidon from Maj. Gen. Burke "Ed" Wilson to Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman during the 24th Air Force change of command ceremony 17 June. Command Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell (center) served as guidon bearer during the ceremony. (US Photo by Johnny Saldivar)

General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command, transfers the 24th Air Force Guidon to Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, Commander, 24th Air Force during the change of command ceremony 17 June (US Photo by Johnny Saldivar).

General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command, transfers the 24th Air Force Guidon to Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, Commander, 24th Air Force during the change of command ceremony 17 June (US Photo by Johnny Saldivar).

JBSA - Lackland --

Major General Christopher P. Weggeman assumed command of 24th Air Force – Air Forces Cyber (AFCYBER) during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas 17 June.
 
General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command presided over the ceremony and transferred the guidon from Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson to Maj. Gen. Weggeman, the Component Numbered Air Force’s fourth commander since it’s designation in 2009.

“Ed’s decisive leadership and operational vision enabled 24th Air Force to usher in a new era of modern cyber operations, cyber defense and offensive cyber warfare to advance Air Force, national mission partners, and multiple Combatant Commanders’ warfighting needs” Hyten stated.

As a 3-tiered commander of 24th Air Force, AFCYBER, and Joint Forces Headquarters - Cyber, Wilson led the NAF to accomplish twenty-seven real-world named operations, fourteen major exercises, forty-one planning events, and operationalized the weapons and tactics programs across two wings and one operations center.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve with the men and women of 24th Air Force. Our cyber warriors set the standard that others follow, and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments. Lisa and I wish the very best to all of the Airmen in 24th Air Force and their families in the months and years to come,” Wilson stated.

Wilson will transition to his next assignment at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in Washington D.C.

“The cyber mission is so dynamic, there is much to be done. Maj. Gen. Weggemen is the right leader, at the right time, to take 24th Air Force to the next level,” added Wilson.

Weggeman arrives to JBSA – Lackland from Fort George G. Meade, MD, where he served as Director, Plans and Policy at U.S. Cyber Command and  principle advisor on matters of strategy, policy, contingency and theater security cooperation planning.    

“I am truly honored and thankful for the opportunity to lead these magnanimous Airmen and deliver repetitive mission success for our Air Force, the Joint Force and our Nation," said Weggeman.

I believe our Airman are our most precious and powerful resource, and am convinced leadership matters most. As your new commander, I will lead with my heart and soul, and I expect all our Airmen in 24th Air Force to do the same,” he added.