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New commander named for 9th Air Force

May. 31, 2013 - 07:44AM   |  
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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Maj. Gen. H.D. Polumbo is taking command of the 9th Air Force in a scheduled ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base.

The two-star general takes over Friday from Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, who is retiring after 35 years of service. Polumbo comes to Shaw after serving as the deputy commander for air operations in Afghanistan.

Gen. Mike Hostage, the head of the Air Combat Command, will preside over the ceremony at the installation outside Sumter.

Polumbo has flown more than 4,000 hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Officials said he is the first Air Force general officer to have flown the U-2s high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft in combat.

The 9th Air Force is responsible for the service’s fighting units along the East Coast.

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