Hill says good-bye to 75th ABW commander June 28

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Hill will bid farewell to Col. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., 75th Air Base Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony here at 9 a.m. June 28. 

Jolly will relinquish command to Col. Jennifer Hammerstedt at that time. Hammerstedt is coming from Robins AFB, Georgia, where she served as commander of the 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group since July 2014.

Jolly has served as 75th ABW commander since July 2014. He will be moving to the Pentagon, in Washington D.C, to become deputy director of resource integration for Headquarters Air Force Logistics, Installations and Mission Support.

As Hill’s installation commander, Jolly is responsible for the Air Force’s second largest base by population and size. The wing oversees 1 million acres and more than 1,300 facilities valued at $6.5 billion while providing installation support to the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Life Cycle Management Center, Nuclear Weapons Center, 388th and 419th Fighter Wings and more than 50 other associate units totaling 21,000 personnel. The 75th ABW also has base support responsibility for the operation of the 1,490-square-mile Utah Test and Training Range.

“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to be the 75th Air Base Wing commander serving with the outstanding AIRMEN of Team Hill,” said Jolly. “I have consistently been amazed and humbled at what each and every Airman bring to the fight as they generate combat power together as an awesome team.  My family and I will truly miss Hill Air Force Base and our community partners that have become such great friends.  Our heartfelt thanks to Team Hill.”

Jolly first came to Hill in June 2013 when he served as deputy commander for maintenance at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. 

Jolly’s two-year tenure as the commander was marked by delivering combat power to Combatant Commanders and enabling mission success in United States contingency operations around the world. He led the efforts to support the bed down of the first combat-coded F-35A wing by ensuring the on-time completion of 41 projects valued at over $127 million.  

Jolly also drove the bed down of the Air Force’s sole Standard Air Munitions Package program, accounting for $455 million dollars in munitions ready to be shipped worldwide in only hours.  He also oversaw the successful progression of the Department of Defense’s largest Enhanced Use Lease program, which completed two additional commercial facilities near the West Gate and secured nearly $22 million for a new software facility for the base.  His personal influence resulted not only in many other positive initiatives ranging from improved base security to a strengthening of community partnerships, but also touched the lives of hundreds of Airmen and their families.

Through Colonel and Mrs. Jolly’s service to the 21,000 Hill AFB personnel and to the local community, they were recognized as the Air Force Materiel Command General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award nomination — recognizing the wing commander and spouse team whose contributions best exemplify the ideals of an Air Force leader.  Team Hill also received an honorable mention for the Air Force 2015 Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Award, which placed the base in the top four of 84 installations for providing exceptional base support.

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