Brigadier General Gentry W. Boswell relinquished command of the 36th Wing to Brigadier General Jeremy T. Sloane during a change of command ceremony today at Andersen Air Force Base.
Sloane was named commander back in February.
Brig. Gen. Sloane comes to Guam from his prior position as commandant of the Air War College, Air University, Air Education and Training Command at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
General Sloane graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He earned his pilot wings at Columbus AFB, Miss., in 1996 and completed the F-16 Initial Qualification Course at Luke AFB, Ariz., in 1997.
He has held a variety of F-16 flying assignments to include U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Operations Officer, Operations Support Squadron Commander, Deputy Operations Group Commander, Vice Wing Commander and 8th Fighter Wing Commander, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. General Sloane also served on the Joint Staff as the Broader Middle East Division Chief, Operations Directorate (J3), where he led a sensitive coordination and planning effort regularly reviewed by the Chairman and Secretary of Defense.
In May the Pentagon announced that Brig. Gen. Gentry W. Boswell would be assigned to the Pentagon.
He has been named “director, manpower, organization and resources, Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.”
Brig. Gen. Boswell has served as Commander of the 36th Wing since June 2018.
Read the release from Andersen AFB in FULL below:
Sloane assumed command of five groups, 20 squadrons and 14 joint tenant units executing U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Bomber Task Force, Theater Security Packages, contingency response and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations from the most forward sovereign U.S. Air Force Base in the Indo-Pacific Region.
Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm, 11th Air Force Commander, presided over the change of command ceremony and virtually transferred the wing’s guidon from Boswell to Sloane, symbolizing the passing of responsibility and authority.
During his speech, Gen. Krumm thanked Boswell for his exceptional leadership during command and said that his efforts and dedication is what make our Air Force the best in the world.
“As General Boswell‘s command comes to a close, I can only note one flaw, the incredibly big shoes he leaves behind to fill,” said Krumm. “Luckily for us, we are welcoming General Sloane and his family.”
As installation Commander, Sloane is responsible for the well-being of more than 7,900 joint military and civilian personnel on Andersen AFB. Additionally, he supports Department of Defense installation management of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands as the Deputy Commander of Joint Region Marianas.
“To the men and women of the 36th Wing, I am thrilled to be a part of this great wing, mission and culture, and I’m humbled to be your commander,” said Sloane. “I’m excited and ready to get to work. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with GovGuam and our military partners, neighboring villages and mayors.”
Sloane came to the 36th Wing from the Air War College, where he served as the commandant and provided post-graduate senior leader development programs focused on joint, multinational, multi-agency warfighting and international security operations, air, space and cyberspace force strategy development and national security planning.
Keeping with 36th Wing change of command tradition, Boswell also passed the “swagger stick” to Sloane. Maj. Gen. Charles J. Bondley, Jr., designed the original emblem for the 36th Wing, then known as the 36th Pursuit Group, in 1940 when he was a 1st. Lt, and had the emblem officially emblazoned on the swagger stick. The stick signifies strength and the legacy of honor that all Airmen represent and is passed from commander to commander. It has since been a proud tradition that has endured for eighty years, and will continue to do so into the future.
“Team Andersen, you have made me proud to be called an Airman,” said Boswell. “To you and your families, this has been my greatest honor, to serve beside each and every one of you, and to lead this wing.”
Boswell will go on to be the Director of Manpower, Organization and Resources for the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon.