Wright-Patterson Names New Base Commander

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

The vice commander of the U.S. Air Force Academy will be the next base commander at Wright-Patterson, Ohio's largest single site employer, officials said Thursday.

Col. Bradley W. McDonald will take over the top post of the 88th Air Base Wing in June, replacing Col. John M. Devillier, who will complete a two-year tour of duty at the Miami Valley base with a workforce of more than 27,000 military and civilian personnel.

Devillier will head to the Pentagon to become the special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for general officer matters.

A change of command ceremony is set for June 21.

McDonald, an Idaho native and an Air Force Academy graduate with a mathematics degree, has held a variety of financial, budget and cost analysis jobs in his 22-year career.

The Iraq veteran also was a speech writer for the top Air Force general in the Pacific Air Forces, a Capitol Hill fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and chief of the financial division of the Air Force Space Command.

His assignment to Wright-Patterson marks the second time he has had a career stop at the base. The first was to earn a master's degree in cost analysis at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1998.

At the 10th Air Base Wing at the Air Force Academy, McDonald oversaw 3,000 militmiary and civilian employees and a $150 million budget.

The 88th Air Base Wing has more than 5,000 military and civilian employees.

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