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96th bomb squadron change of command makes history

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vanessa Wilcox, commander of the 96th Bomb Squadron, of the 2d Operations Group (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vanessa Wilcox became commander of the 96th Bomb Squadron, of the 2d Operations Group, during a change-of-command ceremony April 21, 2022, marking her as the first female B-52 squadron commander.
 
Change-of-command ceremonies serve as the official transferring of command duties and responsibilities between the incoming and outgoing commander.
 
Lt Col Wilcox is a B-52H Weapon Systems Officer with more than 1500 hours including multiple deployments to the Pacific. She most recently served as the Deputy Group Commander for the 2d Mission Support Group on the installation. Before that, she served as the Director of Operations for the 20th Bomb Squadron.
 
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead this historic squadron,” said Lt. Col Willcox. “I’m proud to serve alongside the men and women of the 96th BS to build upon a legacy left by so many great Airman over its 105 year tenure. – First to bomb!”

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vanessa Wilcox, commander of the 96th Bomb Squadron, of the 2d Operations Group (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
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