U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrew Gebara will assume command of Eighth Air Force and the Joint-Global Strike Operations Center from Lt. Gen. (sel) Mark Weatherington during a change of command ceremony held on Barksdale AFB, Aug. 16 at 10:08 a.m.
Eighth Air Force, also known as “The Mighty Eighth”, is the numbered air force responsible more than 150 E-4, B-1, B-2, B-52 and T-38 aircraft. The historic unit dates back to the WWII era and has called the Shreveport-Bossier City area home since 1975.
“To serve within such a historic unit, and amongst such a welcoming community, is both an honor and a privilege,” said Gebara. “Our readiness will remain steadfast as we continue to develop our future force.”
Gebara will also be the commander of the Joint-Global Strike Operations Center (J-GSOC), which serves as the central command and control center for all operations within Air Force Global Strike Command. The J-GSOC is the primary organization supporting the Air Forces Strategic commander, the warfighting air component to U.S. Strategic Command.