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New commander takes over US Air Force wing at RAF Lakenheath

Col William Marshall assumes command of the 48th Fighter Wing from Lt Gen Richard Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, during a change of command ceremony at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones

Col William Marshall assumes command of the 48th Fighter Wing from Lt Gen Richard Clark, 3rd Air Force commander, during a change of command ceremony at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones

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The new commander of the US Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing has been welcomed at a ceremony.

Col William Marshall receives his first salute as the 48th Fighter Wing commander during a change of command ceremony at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Alex Fox Echols IIICol William Marshall receives his first salute as the 48th Fighter Wing commander during a change of command ceremony at RAF Lakenheath. Picture: US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Alex Fox Echols III

Col William Marshall assumes command of the wing, based at RAF Lakenheath, from Col Evan Pettus.

Under Col Pettus, Liberty Wing Airmen generated more than 21,000 sorties and 46,000 flying hours, deployed to 26 countries, and paved the way for the Suffolk base to become the first permanent overseas home of US F-35A Lightning IIs.

Speaking to the airmen Col Pettus said: “You’ve made all the difference, and you’ve lifted this team to incredible heights. I’ll always be in awe of the things I saw you do and cherish the stories I have to tell.”

Prior to his new assignment, Col Marshall was the commander of the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group in Southwest Asia.

Col Marshall said: “I am humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to lead this wing.”

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