Team Kadena welcomes new commanders, July 9-15

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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, passes the 18th Medical Group guidon to Col. James Lasswell, 18th MDG commander, during the group’s change of command ceremony on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 9, 2015.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, passes the 18th Medical Group guidon to Col. James Lasswell, 18th MDG commander, during the group’s change of command ceremony on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 9, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

Team Kadena welcomes new commanders, July 9-15

by: Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen | .
18th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: July 16, 2015

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

Col. James Lasswell is now the commander of the 18th Medical Group as of July 9, 2015. The 18th MDG manages all operations of the Kadena Medical Clinic. Included in the 18th MDG are the Medical Support Squadron, Medical Operations Squadron, Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Dental Squadron.

Lt. Col. James McFarland is now the commander of the 67th Fighter Squadron as of July 11, 2015. The 67th FS is one of the only F-15 Eagle units in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations. The fighter squadrons are part of the tip of the spear with the Eagle's unique role in support of Pacific Command operational plans and headquarters-directed contingency operations.

Lt. Col. Patrick Launey is now the commander of the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron as of July 13, 2015. The 18th LRS is the largest LRS in the Air Force, combining the capabilities of deployment, distribution, fuels, materiel and vehicle management under one commander to provide rapid support to Air Force warriors across the spectrum of logistics operation