Barksdale-based 8th Air Force has a new commander

Barksdale-based 8th Air Force has a new commander

The 8th Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base has a new commander.

Maj, Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere took command of the Mighty 8th on Oct. 4 in front of more than 100 airmen and the mayors of Bossier City and Shreveport.

Bussiere is a command pilot with more than 3,300 hours of flying time who previously was deputy director of nuclear, homeland defense and current operations at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

He said he's excited that his new job has him back around airmen.

"You work hard. You learn your skill set, and the Air Force will provide you great opportunity."

Three bombers - a B-1, a B-2 and a B-52 - were on display during the ceremony.

Bussiere succeeds Maj. Gen. Richard M. Clark, who will serve as commander of the 3rd Air Force at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.

"The men and women who make up America's bomber force are absolutely amazing, and it has been my privilege to serve with them as commander of 'The Mighty Eighth'," Clark says in a statement released prior to the change-of-command ceremony.

"We have been fortunate to call Barksdale and Shreveport/Bossier our home for many years. This community and its amazing leaders have made us feel like part of the family. I want to thank them all for making us feel so welcome."

The 8th Air Force, one of only 2 active-duty numbered Air Force units within Air Forces Global Strike Command, has more than 20,000 airmen.

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