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NEWS | June 21, 2019

1st Fighter Wing welcomes new commander

By Airman 1st Class Marcus M. Bullock 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 1st Fighter Wing welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony held at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 21, at the Bayview Commonwealth Center. U.S. Air Force Col. David R. Lopez assumed command for the 1st Fighter Wing from U.S. Air Force Col. Jason T. Hinds.


U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, Ninth Air Force commander, officiated the ceremony offering some praise and insight to Lopez.


“Col. Lopez’s flying and leadership experience make him the right leader for this command,” said Franks. “Always ensure every Airmen knows their purpose. Every Airmen matters, no matter where they work in the wing.”


Lopez was previously the commander for the 1st Operations Group before being tapped for the 1st FW commander position.


“I will strive every day to build on the extraordinary foundation of this amazing wing and take care of the men and women under my command,” said Lopez. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this wing at multiple levels throughout my career and I’m truly humbled to be your commander standing in front of you today.”


Attendees at the event were able to bid a farewell to Hinds who has been the 1st FW commander for the last two years.


“To the men and women of the 1st Fighter Wing, thank you,” said Hinds. “In your quest to improve readiness and lethality, you have absolutely crushed it.”


Hinds will move on to serve at the Pentagon, Washington D.C.