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Colonel Boswell To Take Over As Base Commander
Colonel Boswell To Take Over As Base Commander
SDPB Charles Michael Ray
June 8, 2015

Ellsworth Air Force Base Welcomes New Commander

Col. Gentry Boswell has taken over as Base Commander from Col. Kevin Kennedy at Ellsworth Air Force Base, according to South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Recently stationed at the Pentagon, Col. Boswell has spent time working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and looks forward to working on the Ellsworth base again. He spent over a third of his military career on the base and is a former vice commander of the 28th Bomb Wing. Boswell hopes to continue building the unique community relationship Ellsworth has with the surrounding community.

Boswell is a B-1 weapon systems officer with more than 4,500 flight hours, with 500 combat hours flown in missions over the Balkans, the Horn of Africa and Southwest Asia, according to the news release announcing his command.

He takes command of the base at a time when its Airmen are heavily engaged in a demanding period with large Air Expeditionary Force deployments. Currently, the Wing is executing 18 consecutive months of B-1 deployments and ongoing MQ-9 (drone) operations. Ellsworth Airmen have been deployed heavily in a multitude of global combat operations since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom 14 years ago.

Col. Boswell does not expect another BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) round to affect the Ellsworth base anytime in the near future, he told SDPB.

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