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509th AMXS receives new commander

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Col. Bob Dulong, 509th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon of the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Richard Gibbs during a change-of-command ceremony July 12. Major Gibbs was previously assigned to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Lt. Col. Kevin Gulden, the former 509th AMXS commander, moves on to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and becomes the 28th AMXS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Felicia Haecker)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Col. Bob Dulong, 509th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon of the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Richard Gibbs during a change-of-command ceremony July 12. Major Gibbs was previously assigned to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Lt. Col. Kevin Gulden, the former 509th AMXS commander, moves on to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and becomes the 28th AMXS commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Felicia Haecker)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Maj. Richard Gibbs, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, assumed command from Lt. Col. Kevin Gulden during a change-of-command ceremony July 12. 

Rank and Name: Maj. Rick Gibbs

Squadron: 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Date Assumed Command: July 12

Previous Assignment: College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College

Time in Service: Next month is 14 years!

Commissioning source: Air Force ROTC

Family: My wife, Robin, and sons Collin, 4, and Curt, 2.

Hobbies: Road bicycling, wood working, skiing and spending time with family

How does the squadron contribute to the AF mission? Our professionals provide the on-equipment repair and maintenance for the nation's premier B-2 aircraft.

Command philosophy: Take care of the people and they will take care of the mission.

Goals for new position: The squadron is doing great! My goal is to keep the Dragons moving in the right direction. As we draw down the force, we'll need to find better ways of doing our jobs, while continuing to follow tech data and stringent safety and surety standards. Preparing the squadron and our families for deployments will remain one of my highest priorities. We'll definitely be busy, but we need to ensure we make time for fun, as well!