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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Col. Lauren Courchaine assumed the reins of the 37th Training Wing from Col. Rockie Wilson on June 10, during a change of command ceremony here.

Maj. Gen. Michele Edmondson, 2nd Air Force Commander, presided over the ceremony and emphasized the importance of the wing’s mission to train, educate, develop and inspire Airmen, and strengthen American and international partnerships.

“The pace on this wing is consistent and, on some days, perhaps best described as relentless,” Edmondson said. “You only need to watch a graduation parade, coin ceremony, dog handler, altitude chamber ride, English class at IDD [Defense Language Institute English Language Center]listen to an IAAFA [Inter-American Air Forces Academy] Spanish lessons, hold a puppy, or ask a parent to say “thank you for what you did for my son or daughter,” to convince you that there’s something magical about the 37th Training Wing.

During his speech, Edmondson praised Wilson for his accomplishments during his two-year tenure, including his initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you know Rockie Wilson, words like ‘good enough’ or ‘status quo’ never come out of his mouth,” Edmondson said. Speaking to Wilson, she said, “The Air Force owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for all that you and this Wing have done to ensure force readiness during one of the most challenging and defining times for our Air Force. Thank you for defining what the entitlement looks like for every Airman who has passed through the Gateway Wing over the past two years.

Courchaine took to the podium, addressing her wing for the first time and showing her gratitude to her family, friends and her wing staff.

“I am honored and delighted to be part of your team,” Courchaine said. “My philosophy is very simple. We are a family, and as such, I would ask you to treat one another with dignity and respect. We are members of the best armed forces in the world and integrity is an indisputable indicator of our character and our culture. Without it, our air and space forces, our partners and our allies will not operate with the lethality and precision necessary to maintain our military superiority.

Courchaine also reminded his new team that growth involves risk, which means failures will happen, “When [failures] happens, I ask you to learn fast, share widely, and re-engage quickly. Our nation deserves it. »

Prior to becoming the 43rd commander of the 37th TRW, Courchaine commanded the 67th Cyberspace Operations Group here on Security Hill.

The Bridge Wing, as the largest and most diverse training wing in the Air Force, provides basic training and education to develop Airmen, Custodians and members multi-capable sister service; strengthens and supports U.S. and international partnerships through English and special skills training for allied forces; and is the executive officer of the Military Working Dog program which trains two-legged and four-legged students.

Wilson will go to the Pentagon as director of A8-XP to help with budget planning.


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