Air Force Col. James P. Meger receives the 355th Fighter Wing guidon from Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, during a change of command ceremony here Aug. 1. Meger replaced Col. Kevin. E. Blanchard and is now responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with more than 7,000 Airmen, 3,200 civilians, and more than 100 aircraft. Meger was previously the Vice Commander of the 355th Fighter Wing.
Colonel Meger entered the Air Force in 1992, upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours in fighter and training aircraft. As a staff officer, Colonel Meger has held positions at the group, wing, MAJCOM and Air Force levels. As a commander from 2007-2009, Colonel Meger led the 1st Operations Support Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.