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Team Minot Welcomes New 5th Bomb Wing Commander

Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong

Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, passes the 5th Bomb Wing guidon to Col. Bradley Cochran, 5th BW commander, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018. As commander, Cochran ensures the wing’s combat readiness and is responsible for operations involving the wing’s fleet of B-52H Stratofortress bombers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Team Minot welcomed the new 5th BW commander, Col. Bradley Cochran, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018.

Senior Airman Caleb McClish, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, salutes Col. Bradley Cochran, 5th Bomb Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018. As the new wing commander, Cochran ensures the wing’s combat readiness and is responsible for operations involving the wing’s fleet of B-52H Stratofortress bombers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)

Team Minot welcomed the new 5th BW commander, Col. Bradley Cochran, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018.

Col. Bradley Cochran, 5th Bomb Wing commander, speaks to Team Minot Airmen during a change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018. Cochran is the 55th commander of the 5th BW and previously served as the 28th Bomb Wing vice commander at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)

Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong

Col. Matthew Brooks, previous 5th Bomb Wing commander, speaks to Team Minot Airman during the 5th BW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018. Col. Bradley Cochran, formerly the 28th BW commander, assumed command of the 5th BW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Team Minot welcomed the new 5th BW commander, Col. Bradley Cochran, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018.

Members of the 5th Bomb Wing stand at attention during the 5th BW change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018. The new wing commander, Col. Bradley Cochran, ensures the wing’s combat readiness and is responsible for operations involving the wing’s fleet of B-52H Stratofortress bombers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)

Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong

Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, accepts the 5th Bomb Wing guidon, from Col. Matthew Brooks, during a change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 31, 2018. Col. Bradley Cochran, previously the 28th BW commander, assumed command of the 5th BW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

Colonel Bradley Cochran accepted command of the 5th Bomb Wing from Col. Matthew Brooks during a change of command ceremony at Minot Air Force Base, May 31, 2018.

 

Cochran comes to the 5th BW from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, where he served as vice commander.

“To me this ceremony is also a chance to remind ourselves of who the Warbirds are,” Cochran said. “To celebrate the tremendous contributions, sacrifices and accomplishments of those who came before us.”

At Minot AFB, Cochran will ensure the wing’s combat readiness and will be responsible for operations involving the wing’s fleet of B-52 bombers that provide deterrence and long-range strike capability for combatant command operations worldwide. 

“To the men and women of this wing,” Cochran began. “You should be extremely proud of your heritage. For more than nine generations now, our nation has relied on the men and women of the 5th Bomb Wing to defend freedom around the world and protect our way of life.”

Cochran said he was humbled and proud to be called a “Warbird.”

“As Warbirds we will continue to uphold the legacy that our predecessors have established,” he said. “We will train with tenacity so we are ready when called upon. We will continue to develop our Airmen to take care of our families, to improve our quality of life and to develop the next generation of leaders who will take our place.”

 


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