NEWS | May 31, 2011

Eighth Air Force Change of Command

By Eighth Air Force Public Affairs

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter will relinquish command of Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb. , to Brig. Gen. Steve Wilson during a change-of-command ceremony June 3 at 10 a.m. at Hoban Hall on Barksdale Air Force Base.

"The Mighty Eighth" serves as the air component headquarters to USSTRATCOM for strategic deterrence, global strike, and operates USSTRATCOM's Joint Air Operations Center. The Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike plans and executes strategic deterrence and global strike operations for USSTRATCOM. The Eighth Air Force commander also commands Task Force 204 which was activated in November 2007 to oversee Air Force nuclear bomber and reconnaissance activities in support of USSTRATCOM.

General Wilson will join the Might Eighth from the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. , where he currently serves as the director for Joint Integration, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

Immediately following the changes of command, General Carpenter will be honored in a retirement ceremony also at Hoban Hall.