688th Cyberspace Wing Commander: Stepping into command

Col. Eric DeLange incoming  commander of the 688th Cyberspace Wing, assumes command during the change of command ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Gateway Club June 15, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)

Col. Eric DeLange incoming commander of the 688th Cyberspace Wing, assumes command during the change of command ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Gateway Club June 15, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Three words have consistently come to mind since I was given the amazing news back in December that I was selected to command the 688th Cyberspace Wing: Excited, Grateful, and Humbled. Now that I’m in command, those words resonate louder than ever.

How can I not be excited when I see all the amazing things that the Airmen of this wing are doing -- from the buildout of the Cyber Mission Force in support of the joint fight, to delivering Engineering and Installation expertise world-wide, to maturing cyber weapon systems both in human capital and technical capability? My family and I are also incredibly excited to be part of the Lackland and San Antonio communities. While I have been TDY here multiple times in previous squadron and group command tours under 24th Air Force, this is our first assignment to the area and we’re thrilled to have the chance to explore the surrounding area and, best of all, get to know the people!

I’m grateful for the countless individuals who have played crucial roles that culminated in this opportunity. I’m grateful to General Raymond [Commander, Air Force Space Command] and Major General Weggeman [Commander, 24th Air Force] for their trust and confidence in my abilities. I recognize the many friends, co-workers and mentors who took the time through the years to teach me and show me how to be a better officer and leader. And most importantly of all, I recognize that I would never be in this position if not for the love, support, and sacrifices of my extraordinary wife and children.

Finally, I’m deeply humbled when I think of the previous 688th Wing Commanders in whose footsteps I follow. The wing made tremendous strides under Colonel Hayworth’s watch and I’m committed to continuing the tradition of excellence that she instilled. I’m also humbled by the magnitude of the wing’s mission and fully recognize that it takes the whole wing team to succeed. Every Airman matters!

I am inspired as I see the spirit of innovation and commitment to serve in the Airmen of the 688th. Every day I put on the uniform, I am excited, grateful and humbled to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force and especially to serve shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the 688th as we move out together to deliver innovative combat capabilities in defense of the nation.