Hill welcomes new installation commander

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Hill AFB community gathered at a change of command ceremony April 13 to welcome Col. Jon A. Eberlan as the new 75th Air Base Wing commander.

During his remarks, Eberlan acknowledged the outstanding reputation of Hill AFB. He credited the men and women who work at the base and the local community’s backing of the installation.

“Our performance across the base is a direct reflection of your support. I can’t thank you enough,” he said.

Eberlan asked the wing to focus on three areas during his tenure – the mission, the customer, and taking care of each other.

“We must not lose sight of the fact that our mission partners across the base are depending on us each and every day to provide them with critical operations support and services that enable combat power,” he said.

Eberlan is remaining at Hill after nearly two years as the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group commander in the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. As Hill’s installation commander, he will be responsible for the Air Force’s second largest base by population and size.

“I’m excited, I’m humbled, and I look forward to getting to know each of you in the coming weeks and months and working with you to raise our performance bar even higher making our mission partners, our wing, our community, and our base even better,” Eberlan said.

During the ceremony, Hill AFB bid farewell to Col. Jennifer Hammerstedt, who served at the 75th ABW commander since June 2016. She will move to Washington D.C. to serve in an assignment at the Pentagon.

The wing oversees 1,000,000 acres and over 1,300 facilities valued at $6.5 billion while providing installation support for Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center ICBM Systems Directorate, 388th and 419th Fighter Wings and more than 50 other associate units totaling more than 25,000 personnel.

The 75th ABW also has base support responsibility for the operation of the 1,490-square-mile Utah Test and Training Range