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In a Feb. 13, 2021 photo, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Menoni, Joint Region Marianas commander, left, speaks with U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Sheffield, 36th Operations Group commander, and his spouse, Sarah Sheffield, during an Exercise Cope North aircraft static display at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
In a Feb. 13, 2021 photo, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Menoni, Joint Region Marianas commander, left, speaks with U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Sheffield, 36th Operations Group commander, and his spouse, Sarah Sheffield, during an Exercise Cope North aircraft static display at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. (Alana Chargualaf/U.S. Air Force)

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Tribune News Service) — Col. Joseph Sheffield has been named the new commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City.

According to a news release, Sheffield will take command during a special ceremony in June. He will replace Col. David Doss as base commander. Doss has been assigned to another position at the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

Sheffield will lead Ellsworth AFB as the world's largest B-1B bomber combat wing. He previously served at Ellsworth as a squadron and wing weapons officer, director of operations for the 34th Bomb Squadron "Thunderbirds," commander of the 37th Bomb Squadron "Tigers," and deputy commander of the 28th Operations Group. Sheffield commanded the 37th Bomb Squadron on two deployments to southwest Asia.

Sheffield is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, including 1,125 combat hours. He comes to Ellsworth from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, where he served as the 36th Operations Group commander.

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