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NEWS | Feb. 11, 2020

68th Airlift Squadron welcomes new commander

By Staff Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 68th Airlift Squadron welcomed its new commander, Lt. Col. Douglas P. Schoenenberger, during an assumption of command ceremony held at the 433rd Airlift Wing auditorium at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Feb. 8.

Schoenenberger took command of the 68th AS after 16 years of piloting and training within the same squadron as a C-5M Super Galaxy instructor aircraft commander and flight commander.

Col. James C. “JC” Miller, 433rd Operations Group commander, officiated over the ceremony.

Schoenenberger began his career with the Air Force Reserve in 2002 and has been a part of the C-5 community ever since attending pilot training in 2003.

“He has a huge passion for making life better for others and trying to make a difference,” Miller said. “You know him from flying the line and that he’s a confident pilot. He knows how to move the mission and encourage y’all. As someone who has now become the leader of this organization, everything he is today is because of what you molded him into by giving him an opportunity, which is all any of us ask for.”

As commander, Schoenenberger is responsible for the unit's C-5 pilots, flight engineers loadmasters and administrative staff to fulfill their mission to operate movement of high-priority personnel and cargo in support of Air Force Reserve Command’s and Air Mobility Command’s worldwide airlift and contingency operations.

Schoenenberger officially accepted and has been working in this position since Jan. 17.