POSTED: 08:38 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2010
Lt. Gen. Ted Kresge has assumed command of the 13th Air Force, succeeding Lt. Gen. Hawk Carlisle.
The ceremony Friday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was attended by Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces.
The 13th Air Force handles planning and command and control for the Air Force in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding the Korean peninsula.
""I've only just begun to realize 13th Air Force's critical role in conducting widely diverse air operations across half the globe to ensure stability and security in the Pacific region," said Kresge, a former F-15 Eagle pilot. "I look forward to being part of it, and continuing the strong partnership with PACAF headquarters, our other numbered Air Forces, and the soldiers, sailors, and Marines that comprised the unbeatable Pacific Command."
Kresge assumed command of the "Jungle Air Force" after serving as the commander of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, where he was responsible for shaping the way the Air Force fights through operational training, tactics development and advanced training in air, space and cyberspace at the operational and tactical levels.
Carlisle is returning to the Pentagon to be the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements.
"This day has come way too fast for me," he said during the ceremony. "I count myself tremendously fortunate to have had this command opportunity."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.