Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, who presided over the ceremony, said the Air Force had picked among “the cream of the crop” for the most fiercely competitive job to be chosen to lead as a wing commander.
“This is a job that takes all you got,” the three-star general said, noting the scale of the super base. “It’s a test. You’re either going to be a hard-nosed tough guy, supportive consoler or a season diplomat.”
McMurry awarded the Legion of Merit to the retiring McDonald who lauded the airmen under his command and ticked off a list of accomplishments in his farewell
“This ain’t about me,” he said. “It’s about those airmen over in that formation today.”
Wright-Patterson commanders have faced in recent years government shutdowns, civil service furloughs and budget cuts, to base security and handling groundwater contamination issues both on and off base.
Increasingly, a new concern is the threat of cyber attacks targeting infrastructure outside the fence line, such as water and utilities, that military bases depend on, said Michael Gessel, Dayton Development Coalition vice president of federal programs.
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