Team Sheppard Welcomes a New Commander


Sheppard Air Force Base is welcoming a new Commander and bidding farewell to former Commander, Brigadier General Patrick Doherty.

Ashley Wheeler was at the change of command ceremony this morning and Ashley this new Commander's no stranger to Texoma.

He's not he's from Lawton. After the advancement of  colors...singing of the national anthem.... and the decorations presented...Sheppard Air Force Base is officially under his command.

Colonel Ronald Jolly, up for promotion for Brigadier General, is now in control of the 82nd Training Wing which produces nearly half of all Air Force technical training graduates annually.

"I think first priority is I need to learn. I have an understanding of the training that goes on here but i don't have the full understanding. So before I do anything I need to learn," Colonel Ronald Jolly, Commander of 82nd Training Wing.

Colonel Jolly is a native Oklahoman who graduated high school from Lawton and was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Oklahoma State University. He says he's happy to be in Texas and near the ones he loves.

"You know, it's a joyous occasion to be around family again to be in close proximity."

During the time away from his family Jolly worked as a career aircraft maintenance officer and served tours as an Air Base Wing Commander along with multiple other jobs.

"I think having that knowledge of understanding and experience will help when it comes to building the curriculums, the training curriculums for each one of these AIT courses. I think it's very important that i have that background to come in and lead those instructors, lead the groups as we build that combat capability here at Sheppard Air Force Base."

Colonel Jolly is taking over as former Commander, Brigadier General Patrick Doherty takes his next position as Commander of the 19th Air Force.

During his farewell speech Doherty spoke of how those at Sheppard are "the heartbeat".

"Those skill sets, that mindset, those habits that are trained here at the 82nd training wing .... they set the tone. They set the tone of excellence that is going to drive you, and drive our team to victory in the future," Brigadier General Patrick Doherty, Former Commander of 82nd Training Wing.

As far as Colonel Jolly, he says he hopes to leave a lasting legacy at Sheppard with those under his command having the understanding of exactly what it is they need to do in the  next step of their military career.


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