KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Maj. Gen. Michele Edmondson took command of 2nd Air Force from Maj. Gen. Andrea Tullos during a change of command ceremony at the Bay Breeze Event Center here, July 30.
Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, presided over the ceremony.
Second Air Force manages 2,300 active training courses for approximately 150,000 Defense Department and international student graduates annually.
Edmondson is now responsible for the development, oversight and direction of all operational aspects of basic military training, initial skills training and advanced technical training of all Air Force enlisted members and support officers.
Traditionally, the changing of command authority is represented symbolically by passing of the guidon.
Once Webb received the guidon from Tullos, he passed it to Edmondson. At that moment, Edmondson officially took command of 2nd Air Force.
“It is incredibly humbling to once again join the Second Air Force team,” Edmondson said. “I am passionate about our mission and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization responsible for building the Airmen and Guardians we need to win the future fight.”
“I can’t imagine being anywhere else in the Air Force,” she said. “Keesler Air Force Base, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is such a fantastic place to live. We have been welcomed back in the community with open arms and it truly feels like coming home. My family and I are very excited.”
Prior to commanding the 2nd Air Force, Edmondson was the Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, commanding a 4,300 member cadet wing and more than 200 Air Force and civilian personnel.
“The men and women of 2nd Air Force have dedicated themselves to building and honing the human weapon system, which is the most vital ingredient in our Air Force and Space Force,” Edmondson said. “I am proud and honored to be their commander. I look forward to enabling their mission and serving alongside all of the outstanding Airmen, civilian Airmen and Guardians across our numbered Air Force.”