July 16, 2016

New top mission support officer introduced

Kenji Thuloweit
Edwards AFB, Calif.

Left to right: Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, hands Col. George Tromba the 412th Mission Support Group guidon as outgoing commander Col. Eric Leshinsky looks on during a change of command ceremony July 8, 2016.

Col. George Tromba took the reins of the 412th Mission Support Group at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., during a change of command ceremony held at the Airman and Family Readiness Center July 8, 2016.

Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, presided over the ceremony where Col. Eric Leshinsky relinquished command of the group after two years as commander.

Leshinsky heads to a new assignment at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.

As 412th MSG commander, Tromba will oversee mission support to more than 12,000 personnel assigned to the Air Force Test Center, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA’s Neil Armstrong Flight Research Center and 37 associate units on a 308,000 acre base.

The group’s commander directs force protection, communications, civilian and military administration, supply transportation, fuels and deployment activities as well as morale, welfare and recreation services. He is also the liaison to the local school district, Army & Air Force Exchange Service and the Defense Commissary Agency. He will lead a workforce of more than 1,300 people.

Tromba comes to Edwards from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where he served as deputy commander of the 614th Air Operations Center and also deputy commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Joint Space Operations Center. He is a graduate of Texas State University where he was commissioned through the ROTC program.

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