Col. Ty Neuman officially takes command of the 2nd BW
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE — Addressing the community for the first time as the head of Barksdale Air Force Base’s 2nd Bomb Wing, Col. Ty Neuman is all business. But underneath that flight suit is a man who loves his family, his country, and is learning to love his new home.
“As I go around the community an introduce myself, I’m welcomed with open arms, so I cannot be more happy about the relationship and positive feelings expressed to me and my family as we move into the area,” said Col. Neuman. “Everybody I talk to is a huge supporter of Barksdale and (I’m) really looking forward to know the folks here and get involved throughout the community.”
“The base is here because of the people who support the airmen. There’s no way we can run our operation without the people of Louisiana. We get tremendous support and we’re known throughout the Air Force for the support we have here. We’re going to have continued engagement and bring everybody into the fold. Our airmen love to be a part of the community,” he said.
Col. Neuman, a Montana native, comes from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, where he most recently served as the vice commander of the B-1 combat wing.
He took over for Col. Kristin Goodwin at a Change of Command ceremony held Friday, May 20 at the base. Col. Goodwin is moving to take a position at the Pentagon.
“The Change of Command is a visual representation of the flag change from one leader to the next. That signifies that at no time is there ever a lack of leadership in the wing,” said Col. Neuman. “To be on the stage with Gen. Clark, Col. Goodwin and handing that flag from one to the other is a wonderful feeling and I’m very honored to be taking the flag from Col. Goodwin.”
Col. Neuman said it was “humbling and exciting” to be taking command, but is laser focused on maintaining Barksdale’s current level of excellence. He was also clear that he is focused on the hundreds of airmen and B-52s currently supporting the country’s antiterrorism mission in the Middle East.
“We have airmen in combat right now. My number one priority is to make sure their combat mission is completed and executed with the exact amount of precision we expect,” said Col. Neuman. “I know good and well that every airplane that flies over the skies of enemy territory is supported by a network of family and other airmen. It’s going to be very important to continue to support them, as well.”
Col. Neuman grew up in Vaughn, Montana and went to Colorado State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and met his wife Shellie. The couple has three children, a 16-year old daughter and twin 13-year-old boys.
“Supporting these airmen and their families here at Barksdale is an honor for me. It is evident we have joined an incredible, supportive community. The relationship between Barksdale and the community is well-known and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”