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AFCENT changes command in historic ceremony

Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. assumed command of U.S. Air Forces Central Command from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian Aug. 30, 2018. Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, presided over the ceremony, which was held at AFCENT’s forward headquarters at Al Udeid Air Base for the first time. AFCENT’s headquarters is at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.


U.S. Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), passes the guidon to U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr., Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT), during a change of command ceremony at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 30, 2018. As the Combined Force Air Component Commander for CENTCOM, Guastella is responsible for developing contingency plans and conducting air operations in a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia. AFCENT, in concert with coalition, joint, and interagency partners, delivers decisive air, space and cyberspace capabilities for CENTCOM, allied nations, and America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)

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