RAF Lakenheath’s 48th Fighter Wing has a new commander, Col Robert Novotny.
Nearly 1,000 airman and dignitaries attended a hangar ceremony on Monday at which he took over command from Col Kyle Robinson, who has been there since April 2012.
Before taking command of the ‘Liberty Wing’, Col Novotny was Chief of Staff for the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Deputy Commander for Air, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
He told the gathering he was looking forward to working with 48th FW Airmen. About two years ago, when asked if he could choose anywhere to serve as a wing commander, he said his response without hesitation was Lakenheath.
He added: “They’re forward, they’re in the fight. They’re ready and they’re about getting the mission done.
“If you look around the world, things are a little crazy right now. And if the call comes, I’m going to be standing right there with you, and we’re going to respond like the 48th Fighter Wing knows how to respond.”
Col Robinson took his final flights at Lakenheath last Friday after which members of the 56th Rescue Squadron painted his feet green to mark his having a ‘ground’ job at the Pentagon.