Gen. William Fraser took charge of US Transportation Command in a ceremony at Scott AFB, Ill., over which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided. Fraser became TRANSCOM’s 10th commander, replacing Gen. Duncan McNabb, who led TRANSCOM since September 2008. “Under General McNabb, this command has faced one of the most demanding periods in history,” said Panetta during the Oct. 14 change of command. “And it has excelled.” Fraser comes to TRANSCOM from Air Combat Command, which he led at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., since September 2009. “TRANSCOM has earned a tremendous reputation of getting the job done, and I expect nothing short of your continued excellence,” said Fraser to command personnel upon assuming his new post. “I count myself among the very fortunate to serve with you.” McNabb is retiring, effective Nov. 30, after a 37-year Air Force career. “You are indeed the lifeline of the force,” said McNabb in his farewell comments. “We’ve rewritten strategic transportation history.” (Scott report by Bob Fehringer)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.