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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Hicok assumed command of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base June 7.

Hicok, who previously served as deputy commander of the 20th FW, took over command from Col. Kristoffer Smith, who will transition to his next assignment as deputy director of plans, programs and requirements for Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia .

It is rare for a deputy commander to assume command of the same unit for the U.S. Air Force. Either way, the move is beneficial for both Hicok and the wing, as it allows for a sense of familiarity and continuity that might not be present during a normal change of command.

“To the men and women of the 20th Fighter Wing, you have accomplished many amazing things over the past three years,” Hicok said. “You have shown your courage in battle across multiple deployments, persevering in the face of tough challenges, standing side by side through triumph and tragedy, leading change and creating a wing of warriors ready today to take on tomorrow’s battles to fight.”

Hicok is an experienced F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours, including 191 combat hours. He arrived in Shaw with his wife and two children in July 2021 after serving two years on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

Having served as deputy commander of the 20th FW for the past three years, Hicok has local experience that will inform his leadership of the wing.

“Today’s battlefield requires change across the board,” Hicok said. “We face significant challenges with state actors… and with extremist threats, all within the context of great power competition. Change is never easy and often brings uncertainty. But we not only face challenges, we rise to meet them with a relentless fighting spirit.”







Date of recording: 06.07.2024
Date posted: 06.07.2024 16:40
Story ID: 473402
Place: SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA






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