7th BW welcomes new commander

7th BW welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, addresses Team Dyess during the 7th Bomb Wing change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. The CoC is a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to the next. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josiah Brown)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Col. Ed Sumangil, former 7th Bomb Wing commander, renders his final salute to Team Dyess Airmen during the 7th BW change of command event at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. During his command, Sumangil was instrumental in providing ready, reliable, resilient and revolutionary Airmen and B-1B Lancer aircraft to combatant commanders in support of worldwide long-range strike operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Col. Joseph Kramer, 7th Bomb Wing commander, renders his first salute to Team Dyess Airmen during the 7th BW change of command event at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. With Kramer assuming command of the bomb wing, he leads the base in providing ready, reliable, resilient and revolutionary Airmen and B-1B Lancer aircraft to combatant commanders in support of worldwide long-range strike operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Col. Kevin Kippie, 7th Bomb Wing vice commander, salutes during the 7th BW change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. During the ceremony Col. Ed Sumangil relinquished command of the 7th BW to Col. Joseph Kramer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josiah Brown)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, left, speaks to members of Team Dyess and local community during the 7th BW change of command event at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. During the ceremony Col. Ed Sumangil relinquished command of the 7th BW to Col. Joseph Kramer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Col. Joseph Kramer, 7th Bomb Wing commander, addresses members of Team Dyess and the local community during the 7th BW change of command event at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. Kramer assumed command from Col. Ed Sumangil and is responsible for the health and welfare of over 14,000 active-duty members, DoD civilians and family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, left, passes an organizational flag to Col. Joseph Kramer, 7th Bomb Wing commander, during the 7th BW change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. Kramer assumed command from Col. Ed Sumangil and is responsible for the health and welfare of over 14,000 active-duty members, DoD civilians and family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Col. Ed Sumangil, former 7th Bomb Wing commander, right, passes an organizational flag to Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, during the 7th BW change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. The passing of an organizational flag symbolizes the transfer of command from one leader to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

7th BW welcomes new commander

Col. Ed Sumangil, former 7th Bomb Wing commander, addresses members of Team Dyess and the local community during the 7th BW change of command event at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021. Sumangil oversaw the 7th BW’s COVID-19 Task Force by providing leadership to a $1 million bed-down and clean camp plan that was pivotal for maintaining safety for over 5,000 base personnel and ensuring continuous operational support to combatant commanders during his time as the bomb wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Air Force Base, Texas --

Col. Joseph Kramer assumed command of the 7th Bomb Wing from Col. Ed Sumangil during a change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 15, 2021.

Military change of commands are a tradition that formally symbolizes the transfer of authority from one leader to another. The transfer of command is completed by handing the command flag from the outgoing commander to the incoming.

“This is a momentous occasion for my family and I, and it is a profound responsibility for me to take command of this wing,” Kramer said. “I’m glad to have joined this team, to have the privilege of being here and I look forward to the journey of being here.”

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, presided over the ceremony. He talked about the importance of leading and preparing Airmen for the future.

“Wing command is about building, leading and developing teams with character, courage, commitment and compassion,” Weatherington said. “It’s where responsibility, authority and accountability come together in a leader with vision and purpose. It’s where that leader rallies the full capabilities and capacity of all the team members to make a difference.”

After two years of leading members of Team Dyess, Sumangil is going to the Pentagon where he will be the senior executive officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. He also reflected on his time at Dyess AFB.

“There are countless people who contributed to my success here as the wing commander,” Sumangil said. “To the men and women of Team Dyess, my success is only because of the efforts that you put forth every single day during my command tour. It has been the greatest honor of my life to have served you and to have served with you.”

Kramer transferred to Dyess AFB from Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, where he commanded the 612th Air Operations Center. Kramer is now responsible for the health and welfare of over 14,000 active-duty members, Defense Department civilians and family members. His focus will be on the ABC’s: A for Airmen, B for bombing and C is for community.

“My team will work to the quality of life and quality of work in order to prove that,” Kramer said. “We will meet the Joint Force Air Component taskings and we will also prioritize and ruthlessly upgrade the team here so we are ready for any day-to-day fight, and we will continue to strengthen our partnership with the local community as it’s eluded to already with the Abilene award."