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New Commander leads the Mustang Stampede

  • Published
  • By Captain Kevin Coffman
  • 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Col. Jon Norman assumed command of the 51st Fighter Wing from Brig. Gen. Joseph Reynes Jr. in a ceremony today at Osan Air Base. Lt. Gen. Stephen Wood, 7th Air Force commander, was the presiding officer.

"Brigadier General Joseph Reynes has led the Mustang Stampede to incredible heights of excellence, and, because of his leadership, the thunder and fury of the Mustangs remain a ready and lethal force to be reckoned with," said Lieutenant General Wood. 

Brigadier General Reynes, his wife and daughter have been reassigned to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where he will serve as the Inspector General for the United States Air Force's Air Combat Command. 

"I am proud to have served with a team that has made excellence a habit and has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to excellence," said Brigadier General Reynes. "I am extremely confident that the Mustang Stampede will continue, as always, to lead the charge." 

Colonel Norman is the former Operations Group commander at the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and is accompanied by his wife and two children.

"The Airmen of Team Osan are smart and we have great commanders; it's an honor to be here," said Colonel Norman. "I look forward to working with 7th Air Force, our Republic of Korea Air Force partners and the local community." 

Though Brigadier General Reynes' guidance and leadership will be missed, Team Osan welcomes Colonel Norman, his family and his vision for the future. The men and women of the 51st Fighter Wing look forward to having Colonel Norman leading the mighty rage and the powerful thunder of the Mustang Stampede.