RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –
The Air Force Manpower Agency welcomed its new commander, Col. Daniel Badger Jr., during a change of command ceremony Tuesday at the officers' club.
As the new commander, Colonel Badger is responsible for providing Air Force leaders at all levels the tools to identify essential manpower required to effectively accomplish the Air Force mission.
"It is truly an honor to be trusted with the command at AFMA," Colonel Badger said. "These are demanding times as we modernize our Air Force and engage in combat at the same time. AFMA continues to make a huge difference in these efforts by providing critical tools to maximize our work force."
Colonel Badger, a native of Stillwater, Okla., comes to AFMA from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he served as chief of the Manpower, Organization and Resources Division at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. At AFMC, he conducted a comprehensive restructure of the command's mission organizations, which created a more traditional Air Force wing structure for the Air Force's acquisition and sustainment missions. The three-year effort was approved by two secretaries of the Air Force and was heralded by senior leaders for its long-lasting impact on AFMC warfighter support.
During his 26-year career, Colonel Badger has held a variety of key assignments and senior management positions. In 1990, he worked in the Air Force Crisis Action Team's Combat Support Staff at the Pentagon in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1993, he commanded the Air Force Medical Management Engineering team at Maxwell AFB, Ala., and later, after a tour at Air Education and Training Command Headquarters here at Randolph, he served as the 331st Training Squadron commander at Lackland AFB, Texas, where he lead basic military training of more than 7,000 basic trainees a year.
Colonel Badger also served as a joint manpower and personnel representative to the U.S. Seventh Fleet Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. At USCINCPAC, he worked international crisis issues with the Japanese Consulate after the tragic sinking of the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fishing vessel that collided with the USS Greeneville (SSN-772). In August 2001, the colonel returned to AETC to manage competitive sourcing efforts at five large training bases before attending the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Ala. After graduation, he assumed his previous duties at AFMC.
"I'm excited about being here at Randolph again, and I'm pleased to lead such a great group of professionals here at AFMA," the colonel said.
AFMA is a field operating agency that reports directly to Headquarters U.S. Air Force Directorate of Manpower, Organization and Resources. The agency plays a key role in measuring and documenting the Air Force's manpower requirements.