***image1***Ramstein welcomed its first female wing commander in a unique change of command and reorganization ceremony Thursday separating the host wing into two.
Brig. Gen. Rosanne Bailey became the new commander of the 435th Air Base Wing and the KMC, while Col. Robert Kane assumed command of the 86th Airlift Wing in a dual change of command and wing reorganization ceremony at Hangar 3.
General Bailey, the former Aeronautical Enterprise Program Office director, will take on a dual role as air base wing and KMC commander, leading the largest American community outside the United States. As the new commander, she leads a wing composed of seven groups, providing service for Army and Air Force within the KMC.
As the KMC commander, the general provides support to more than 44,000 people living and working on five military installations – Ramstein and Sembach air bases, Vogelweh, Einsiedlerhof and Kapaun annexes.
As the new 86th Airlift Wing commander, Colonel Kane leads four groups comprised of 12 squadrons and one detachment. The wing’s primary mission is to conduct airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation operations flying C-9, C-20H, C-21, C-37 and C-130E aircraft.