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502nd Security Forces Group welcomes new leader

By Senior Airman Gwendalyn Smith | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office | July 23, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —

Col. Jeffrey Carter took command of the 502nd Security Forces Group during a ceremony July 18 in front of the Taj Mahal, building 100, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

Carter accepted the unit’s guidon from Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA commander, and assumed command of the 502nd SFG from Col. Thomas Miner, who was the unit’s commander for two years.

 

For the past year, Carter has been the National Command System Operations deputy division chief at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., overseeing the decision-making, force management, and survivable connectivity needs of the president, the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs, and global and regional warfighters. He has served for 23 years in the Air Force with six years of aircraft maintenance and 17 years of security forces experience.

 

During his remarks, Carter said he looked forward to taking command of the 502nd SFG, and recognized the leadership of Miner.

 

“To the men and women of the Security Forces Group, I’m humbled to be here and be a part of this fine organization,” Carter said. “I’m absolutely amazed at everything you’ve accomplished under the leadership of Col. Miner.  I can’t wait to be a part of what the next two years hold. We have an unbelievable responsibility to the communities we serve, and there’s no other group in the United States Air Force I would rather be a part of, other than this one.”

He thanked military members, friends and his family who have supported him during his Air Force career, and especially his wife.

Carter directed his closing comments to Col. Miner and his family, and 502nd Security Forces Group members.

“Tommy, thank you and your family, for turning over such a high performing group,” Carter said. “You led with grace and style here, and I have really big shoes to fill.  I’m grateful for the chance to lead this fine group, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you in the coming days.”           

Before relinquishing command to Carter, Miner praised the members of the 502nd SFG, for supporting him and his family throughout his command.

“Together, the men and women of the 502nd SFG have accomplished extraordinary achievements,” Miner said. “It is the hard work, professionalism, dedication and sacrifice of these amazing men and women and their families that make these missions happen. This team made complex challenges a reality every day.”

Lenderman said Miner provided outstanding leadership during a period of reorganization for the 502nd SFG. “Leading this group has been a huge responsibility, and Col. Miner absolutely knocked it out of the park,” Lenderman said.

Speaking directly to Miner, Lenderman said, “Tommy, the men and women under your command consistently raised the bar and exceeded expectations every day, and in every way. You and your team performed brilliantly.  Your commitment to excellence and your love for those around you is palpable.

“You pour your heart and soul into every mission and into every Airman. From spending time with families who are grieving, to helping our civil engineering troops fix a broken water main, and dropping into various work centers to spend time with your teammates, you make everyone feel important. You’re a game changer, and you’re leaving JBSA a better place.”

The 502nd SFG consists of three squadrons and 950 members that includes security forces, logistics readiness and trainer development.  The unit supports more than 145,000 personnel at 11 JBSA locations, the largest joint base in the Department of Defense, and provides full-size mock-up trainers for organizations across the Department of Defense and worldwide, for enhanced combat readiness.