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NEWS | June 21, 2011

Patrick to take over 2nd Air Force; change of command July 18

By Steve Elliot Fort Sam Houston News Leader

Brig. Gen. Leonard A. Patrick, commander, 502nd Air Base Wing/Joint Base San Antonio, has been selected as commander, 2nd Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

In this new position, Gen. Patrick will be responsible for the development, oversight and direction of all operational aspects of basic military training, initial skills training and advanced technical training for the Air Force enlisted force and support officers. He has held his present position since July 2009.

Gen. Patrick will replace Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog at Keesler AFB. Gen. Hertog will become Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter, Director of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., will assume command of the 502nd ABW/JBSA.

Gen. Carter entered the Air Force in September 1985 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Purdue University. A career civil engineer, she has served in a variety of positions at the base, major command and Air Staff levels, and commanded a civil engineer squadron, mission support group and an air base wing.

Her contingency experience includes service in support of Operation Desert Shield, and command of a civil engineer unit in support of Operation Southern Watch. In 1997, she was named the Air Force Senior Civil Engineer Manager of the Year.

A change of command ceremony will be conducted on July 18 on MacArthur Parade Field at Fort Sam Houston.