Team Kadena welcomes new commanders, July 2 - 8

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U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Burke, 18th Maintenance Group commander, passes the 18th Munitions Squadron guidon to Maj. Scott Haack, 18th MUNS commander, during the squadron's change of command ceremony on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July, 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)
U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Burke, 18th Maintenance Group commander, passes the 18th Munitions Squadron guidon to Maj. Scott Haack, 18th MUNS commander, during the squadron's change of command ceremony on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July, 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

Team Kadena welcomes new commanders, July 2 - 8

by: Airman 1st Class Zackary A. Henry, 18th Wing Public Affairs | .
Kadena Air Base | .
published: July 11, 2015

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan  -- Team Kadena would like to welcome the following new leaders that took command within the last week:

Maj. Scott Haack is now the commander of the 18th Munitions Group as of July 2. Haack was previously the ammo section chief of Munitions Components Branch, Munitions Sustainment Division, Armament Directorate, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The 18th MUNS operates the Air Force's largest conventional munitions storage area supporting activities of all U.S. services and Japan Ground and Air Self-Defense Forces. The squadron provides the wing and associate units with munitions for more than 12,000 annual sorties.

Lt. Col. Kyle Anderson is now the commander of the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron. Anderson is a command pilot and evaluator with 3,490 flying hours and has served in support of Operations Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, and Enduring Freedom, flying more than 200 combat and combat support hours. The 961st AACS is a combat-ready E-3 Sentry squadron providing airborne command and control, long-range surveillance, detection and identification information for commanders in support of U.S. goals.

Maj. Sarah S. Babbitt is now the commander of the 18th Security Forces Squadron. Babbitt was previously the 7th Security Forces Squadron commander at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Babbitt is now responsible for leading the largest SFS in the Air Force, consisting of more than 450 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and local nationals.

Lt. Col. John Keys is now the commander of the 390th Intelligence Squadron. Keys was the chief of the squadron and subsequently the director of operations of the 55th Intelligence Support Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base before coming to Kadena. The 390th IS conducts information operations by providing tailored combat intelligence and assessing the security of friendly command, control, communication and computer systems to enhance warfighting survivability, situation awareness and targeting.