Third Air Force welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Derek France, Third Air Force commander, assumed command of Third Air Force during a ceremony June 22. Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, presided over the ceremony and welcomed France as the newest leader of the major command’s only numbered air force. With this assumption of command, France became the 56th commander of 3 AF. He is now charged with leading all the wings in USAFE-AFAFRICA, and the command’s 32,000 Airmen. France was commissioned at the United States Air Force Academy in May 1992, where he went on to become a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours of flightime in the F-15, F-22, and F-16.
— Photo by Airman 1st Class Edgar Grimaldo