307th Bomb Wing welcomes first female vice-commander

307th Bomb Wing welcomes first female vice-commander
Col. Courtney Hamilton, first female vice-commander of the 307th Bomb Wing/Source: 307th Bomb Wing

BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - Air Force Col. Courtney Hamilton is now serving as the first female vice-commander of the 307th Bomb Wing.

The Air Force Academy graduate earned her pilot wings at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas in 1999.  Since then, she has logged more than 2,000 flight hours in the F-15C Eagle and T-38C Talon.

Hamilton will assist wing commander, Col. Robert VanHoy ensuring the unit fulfills its training and combat missions.

"There is no doubt we are looking forward to Col. Hamilton joining the 307th Bomb Wing," said VanHoy. "The Long Rangers continually lead the way in bomber excellence and Col. Hamilton will only help further our success."

As the sole bomb wing in the Air Force Reserve Command, the 307th Bomb Wing, along with its Active Associate partners, provides all B-52 Stratofortress formal training for the Air Force.

Despite spending a majority of her career as a fighter pilot and instructor, Col. Hamilton is eager and ready to serve in a bomber unit.

"It's a new mission set for me, but that is exciting and I am so thankful for the opportunity to join this community," expressed Hamilton. "Learning the new mission will be a challenge, but it is also an incredible way for me to be involved in another facet of Air Force combat power

Along with its active-duty counterparts, the 307th Bomb Wing provides combat ready aircrew, maintenance and combat support personnel for nuclear and conventional global operations.  It is the only unit in the Air Force currently operating both the B-52 and the B-1 Lancer simultaneously.

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