7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

U.S Air Force Col. Brandon Parker, 7th Bomb Wing commander, addresses the 7th BW, 317th Airlift Wing and Abilene community partners during a change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. In 1996, Parker received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

The Dyess Honor Guard presents the colors during the 7th Bomb Wing change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. Col. Brandon Parker is the 58th commander of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

The Voices of Dyess sing the national anthem during the 7th Bomb Wing change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. Col. David Benson relinquished command to Col. Brandon Parker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Monica Botch, 7th Medical Group superintendent, renders a salute with the 7th MDG guidon during the 7th Bomb Wing change of command at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. Col. Brandon Parker assumed responsibilities for leading the 7th BW, which provides B-1B Lancers and combat-ready Airmen capable of delivering overwhelming long-range strike anywhere in the world within hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, speaks during the 7th Bomb Wing change of command at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. During the ceremony, Col. David M. Benson relinquished command of the 7th BW to Col. Brandon D. Parker. Parker is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School with more than 2,700 flight hours and 350 combat hours on the B-52H Stratofortress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, left, 8th Air Force commander, receives the 7th Bomb Wing guidon from Col. David Benson, center, during a change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. After 24 years of service to the nation, Benson will retire from the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, left, 8th Air Force commander, passes the 7th Bomb Wing guidon to Col. Brandon Parker, center, during a change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. Parker assumed command from Col. David Benson and is now responsible for the health and welfare of over 12,000 active-duty members, civilian employees and family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Brandon Parker, 7th Bomb Wing commander, renders his first salute to the 7th BW during a change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. The 7th BW is responsible for providing dominant air power and combat support to combatant and joint-force commanders at any time and any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. David Doss, 7th Bomb Wing vice commander, renders the final salute to Col. David Benson, 7th Bomb Wing commander, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. Benson relinquished command to Col. Brandon Parker, who served as the vice commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)

7th Bomb Wing welcomes new commander
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jesse Barnhill, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1B Lancer crew chief, reveals Col. Brandon Parker’s name on the 7th Bomb Wing flagship B-1 during the 7th BW change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 4, 2017. Each flying wing, group and squadron commander is designated their own commander aircraft, which signifies the lead aircraft of the correlating unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April Lancto)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The 7th Bomb Wing received its 58th wing commander following a change of command ceremony here, Aug. 4.

Col. Brandon Parker assumed command from Col. David Benson, who is retiring after 24 years of service.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony and talked about the deliberate process of selecting senior leaders.

“The selection of those who have the privilege of leading our Airmen and taking care of families so the mission prevails in not an easy task,” Bussiere said. “The fact that Brandon is on this stage is an affirmation of his professional development and our confidence in his ability to take this wing to the next level of excellence.”

Bussiere went on to give an overview of Parker’s career.

“Our Air Force has professionally developed him for this opportunity,” Bussiere said. “Whether it’s flying combat, leading the warriors at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, working in the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s office and U.S. Strategic Command, attending the school of advanced air and space studies or just being a phenomenal officer, husband and father. That’s the criteria by which we select our senior leaders.”

In 1996, Parker received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He began his Air Force career as a B-52H Stratofortress pilot. Previously, he was the 2nd Bomb Wing vice commander at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

 “I can’t think of no higher professional honor than to command a warfighting organization in the world’s greatest Air Force,” Parker said. “I am humbled to take command of the 7th Bomb Wing as we continue to fill our role in the mission of the U.S. Air Force. The mission remains clear – to fly, flight and win in air space and cyberspace.”

The new commander tied in Air Force history to the 7th BW’s mission in the past, present and future. He named some of the Air Force’s heroes and destinations where they fought that has brought Dyess where it is today.

“The 7th BW’s charge in the fulfillment of this enduring mission remains straightforward,” he continued. “For us, it comes down to readiness. We will stand ready, willing and able to provide global combat fire power at any time in any place. This is what our wing and numbered Air Force have done since its inception.”

The wing commander gave encouraging words to Team Dyess as he begins his new position.

“I report to Gen. Bussiere,” Parker said. “Make no mistake, I work for you. You already have my deepest respect and my heart. Now, you shall have my best, and I expect yours.”