80th Flying Training Wing Welcomes First Female Commander


Colonel Andrea Themely is officially the 80th Flying Training Wing Commander which hosts the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. Kenzie Meek-Beck was at the change of command at Sheppard Air Force Base and joins us now with more.

That's right, command was transferred from Colonel Gregory Keeton to the first woman 80th Training Wing Commander, Colonel Andrea Themely.

Colonel Themely began her training career at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma in 1997. From 2009 to 2014 she served as the Operations Group Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. The Chief of Wing Safety and as a commander of the 89th flying training squadron all at the 80th flying training wing. Colonol Themely is a Command Pilot with over 32 hundred hours.

"I can't say enough good things about the civilians, the contractors and the active duty and reserves that are here with us and they make this mission happen day in and day out so, I'm looking forward to getting started," Colonel Andrea Themely, 80th Flying Training Wing Commander.

During the event Colonel Keeton was awarded the Legion of Merit medal by 19th Air Force Commander, General Patrick Doherty. Colonel Keeton is retiring this month and will remain in the area as his son completes high school.

Tune in later tonight on KFDX 3 News at five and six for even more on the change of command.


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