Welcome from the JBAB Commander:
Congratulations on your assignment to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB). This is an extraordinary time to be joining our team, and we're excited to have you and your family here!
Much has changed on JBAB in the last year as the Air Force District of Washington and counterpart Navy commands laid plans for the base transfer from Navy to Air Force responsibility. We officially transferred base authority Oct. 1, 2020, in the Department of Defense's first-ever service lead transfer. Today, we are in "Initial Operating Capability" as we stand up our wing processes and programs, and we are working toward "Full Operating Capability" with a deadline of Oct. 1, 2022.
On June 12, 2020, the 11th Wing was activated on JBAB and I, Col. Mike "Goose" Zuhlsdorf, took command of. The Chiefs Own." In the following months, the wing held assumptions of command for the remainder of subordinate 11th Wing units. What you see today is a far larger Air Force footprint than what the base had in 2020, and we're continuing to grow both in personnel size and in mission capability.
If your future assignment is with the 11th Wing, you'll be joining "The Chiefs Own" and aiding your leaders and teammates in standing up your respective units.
So what does this mean for you? You will be an Airman assigned to an Air Force wing just recently activated on a previously Navy-run base. You'll be helping organizations build the foundational unit processes that each of us is familiar with in our respective Air Force squadrons. In building this foundation, there will be great opportunities to create a premier wing with a focus on Readiness, Partnerships, and Heritage.
Regardless of your career field, background, or career aspirations, we need you fully engaged. There will undoubtedly be challenges as we grind through the sometimes tough but meaningful work we're doing to get our wing fully capable. We are very optimistic that together we will solve those challenges with a vision of increasing the readiness of this very important power projection platform within the National Capital Region. I ask that you do everything in your power to set up your functional areas for success, as you are laying the groundwork for what we fully expect will be the best wing and installation in our U.S. Air Force.
To those of you whose assignment is with any of our approximately 70 mission partners on the installation, you should expect to receive exemplary base support from the outstanding men and women who make up "The Chiefs Own." We are continuing to build on lasting relationships with each of our mission partners. Your success in your respective unit is a success for "The Chiefs Own" as the host unit to the installation.
We look forward to meeting you and learning more about you as we bring Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling into the future - together.
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