New commander to be installed at WPAFB

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — There will be a new leader at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

The base is holding a change of command ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Col. Thomas Sherman is taking command of the 88th Air Base Wing. He replaces Co. Bradley McDonald, who is retiring after a highly decorated 24-year career. McDonald has served as the 88th Air Base Wing commander since June 21, 2016.

Col. Sherman was the commander of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. He is a 1995 graduate of the Air Force Academy.

Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center will be presiding over the ceremony..

Sherman will command one of the largest air base wings in the Air Force with more than 5,000 Air Force military, civilian, and contractor employees.

The wing provides support and services to one of the largest, most diverse, and most organizationally complex bases in the Air Force, including a major acquisition center, research and development laboratories, a major command headquarters, an airlift wing, and the world’s largest military air museum.

The base is home to more than 27,000 employees and is the largest single site employer in the state of Ohio.

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