388th Fighter Wing welcomes new commander Friday

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Col. Lee E. Kloos will become the 388th Fighter Wing commander at Hill AFB, assuming command from Col. Brad Lyons during a change of command ceremony here at 10 a.m. Friday.

Kloos is coming from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he served as USAF operational liaison to the director since June 2015.

As the principal expert Air Force operational advisor to the director, Kloos’ key insights shaped advanced technology development efforts for the 1,200-member agency and impacted current and future strategic capabilities for the nation.

During the ceremony, Hill will also bid farewell to Col. Brad Lyons who has served as 388th Fighter Wing commander since June 2015. He is moving to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, as vice commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern).

As 388th Fighter Wing commander, Lyons was responsible for the readiness, training, morale, and welfare of 1,800 personnel who maintained and operated 70 primary assigned F-16CM and F-35A aircraft across six squadrons.