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88th Air Base Wing gets new commander

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, passes the guidon to Col. Thomas Sherman as he assumes command of the 88th Air Base Wing during a ceremony inside the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base June 19. Sherman replaced Col. Bradley McDonald. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, passes the guidon to Col. Thomas Sherman as he assumes command of the 88th Air Base Wing during a ceremony inside the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base June 19. Sherman replaced Col. Bradley McDonald. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE, Ohio - Col. Thomas Sherman assumed command of the 88th Air Base Wing during a ceremony held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, June 19.

Sherman succeeded Col. Bradley McDonald, who is retiring after 24 years of service. Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry was the presiding officer.

During the ceremony, McMurry lauded the accomplishments of McDonald and the Mighty 88th and welcomed Sherman to Team Wright-Patt, outlining Sherman’s successful track record.

Sherman expressed his thanks to his spouse, family and friends and said he was “humbled” beyond words. He acknowledged senior leaders and civic leaders in the audience and spoke to his responsibility as the 88 ABW’s newest commander.

“Looking two years in the future, that purpose for me is the men and women of the 88th ABW. My purpose is to serve this wing with all I have for the people that are bearing the heavy load. We are looking forward to what the next two years will bring as we accomplish great things as a team and as a family.”

Editor’s note: See the June 29 Skywrighter as Col. Thomas Sherman sits down with Skywrighter reporter Amy Rollins for an in-depth conversation about his new role as the 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander.