USAFE-AFAFRICA, NATO Allied Air Command Change of Command

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U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa and NATO Allied Air Command will host a Change of Command Monday, June 27, at 2:30 p.m. local time.

Gen. James B. Hecker has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and he is scheduled to assume command of both USAFE-AFAFRICA and NATO Allied Air Command headquartered Ramstein Air Base, Germany, while also taking on the role as director of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre at Kalker, Germany.

Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian will relinquish command of all three organizations, and he is scheduled to retire after nearly 37 years of active duty service.

For media unable to attend in-person, a livestream will be available on USAFE-AFAFRICA’s social media pages at or  

Imagery will also be available immediately following the ceremony at

Media interested in attending the event should RSVP no later than June 24th at 5:00 p.m. Central European Time to 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs at

Requirements for Media Access

  • Full Name
  • Media Outlet
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Image of Passport ID Page

Following your RSVP, the 86th Airlift Wing Office of Public Affairs will provide meeting location and arrival details.  For questions regarding the logistics, please contact 86AW/PA at +49 (0) 6371-47-2458.

For more information, please call +49 (0) 6371-47-6558 or email If after duty hours, please call +49 (0) 1624-25-5428 or email