MEDIA ADVISORY: 18th Air Force to welcome new commander

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Lt. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay will assume command of the 18th Air Force from Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice in a change-of-command ceremony Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Parade Field here.

The 18th Air Force is Air Mobility Command's (AMC) sole warfighting numbered air force (NAF), the Air Force's largest NAF, and is responsible for AMC's worldwide operational mission. With more than 43,000 active-duty Airmen and more than 1,200 airlift and air refueling aircraft, 18th Air Force manages the Air Force's global mobility enterprise through the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), the 15th and 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Forces, 15 active duty wings and a standalone group.

General Ramsay will be the the sixth commander of 18th Air Force since its reactivation in 2003. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe from October 2009 to September 2011.

Media interested in covering this event (including a brief availability with Gen. Ramsay) should respond via email to Maj. Michael Meridith, the 18th Air Force Director of Public Affairs, at michael.meridith@us.af.mil or call (618) 229-0483 no later than 1000, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.

Public affairs will meet media at the Scott AFB Visitors Center at 8 a.m. the morning of the event.