New Wright-Patterson installation commander announced

The incoming commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is Col. Christopher Meeker, the wing announced Friday.

Meeker will succeed Col. Patrick Miller, who has served as the Air Base Wing commander and Wright-Patterson’s installation commander since June 2020.

A change of command ceremony is slated for July 7.

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Miller has been confirmed for promotion to brigadier general. He was among a group of colonels confirmed by an April 28 U.S. Senate voice vote for appointment as one-star generals.

He is leaving for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where he will become the director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection for Pacific Air Forces.

“Beth and I are very grateful to Team Wright-Patt and the surrounding communities for welcoming us with open arms and making this assignment truly extraordinary. We are saddened to leave but excited to continue our Air Force journey in Hawaii,” Miller said in a statement on the base web site.

Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Jaima F

Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Jaima F

“I know the 88th will be in great hands with Col. Meeker and his family, and they will continue to provide strength through support for our mission and Dayton community partners.”

Meeker is currently the 86th Civil Engineer Group commander at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Credit: 86th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs

Credit: 86th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs

The 88th Air Base Wing is the host unit for Wright-Patterson, overseeing one of the nation’s biggest Air Force bases, the employment home for about 32,000 military and civilian employees. It is the largest single-site employer in Ohio.

It’s at Wright-Patterson that the Air Force Materiel Command manages more than a third of the total Air Force budget.

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