New Wright-Patterson commander gets started

The leader of largest single-site employer in Ohio has met more than 3,000 airmen at Wright-Patterson since Col. Bradley W. McDonald took the high-ranking spot this summer.

“You’ve got to be with your people to make an impact,” McDonald said in an interview Wednesday at his Wright-Patterson office.

It’s one of the three “Rs,” he said, that represent his approach to leadership: respect, relationships and results.

McDonald, formerly vice commander of a wing that supported the Air Force Academy in Colorado before he took the job in June at Wright-Patterson, said respect starts with oneself, and extends to others and the Air Force.

Results, he added, show “we have a purpose in what we are doing.”

“We’re in the results business — as an Air Force we fly, fight and win the nation’s wars,” he said. “So how do we in the 88th Air Base Wing and as part of team Wright-Patterson meet the Air Force mission in the kind of things that we’re given.”