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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — As sure as death and taxes, summer for many military folks means permanent change-of-station moves to new duty locations.

Many bases in the Pacific experience an increased tempo of turnovers among officers and enlisted troops completing their tours of duty. However, Misawa Air Base in northern Japan may have taken the rotation business to new heights.

“By the time the summer has ended, the Air Force will have had approximately 18 leadership positions change hands — roughly 68 percent — including the arrival of a new vice commander” for the 35th Fighter Wing, said Maj. Dennis Campbell, commander of the 35th Mission Support Squadron.

Campbell said although that figure may seem unusually high, it was just the way the summer rotation period developed.

“All of these individuals departed Misawa on or near their scheduled date of estimated return from overseas,” he said.

Two major Navy units at Misawa — the Naval Air Facility and the Naval Security Group Activity — also got new top skippers.

Here’s a look at the key Air Force and Navy changes at Misawa since May 29:

• 35th Fighter Wing: Col. Donald Weckhorst replaced Col. Edward Madden as the wing’s vice commander. Weckhorst came from Headquarters 5th Air Force, Yokota

• Air Base, Japan. Madden is now the Reserve Officers Training Corps detachment commander at Florida State University.

• 35th Operations Group: Col. Michael Boera replaced Col. Jeffrey Stambaugh. Boera came from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he had been the 56th Operations Group vice commander. Stambaugh went to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., to become the 27th Fighter Wing vice commander.

• 35th Operations Support Squadron: Lt. Col. Kevin Fowler replaced Lt. Col. Creig Rice. Fowler was promoted from within the 35th Operations Group. Rice went to Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., to attend school.

• 14th Fighter Squadron Lt. Col. Michael Jordan replaced Lt. Col. Scott Dennis. Jordan was promoted from within the 35th Operations Group. Dennis went to Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., to attend school.

• 35th Maintenance Squadron: Maj. Kyle Cornell replaced Lt. Col. Jeffrey Lowdermilk. Cornell came from Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, S.C., where he was the 4th Maintenance Operations Squadron commander. Lowdermilk went to Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, S.C., to become the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander.

• 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron: Lt. Col. Geoffrey Parkhurst replaces Lt. Col. John Mabes on Aug. 12. Parkhurst comes from Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., where he was the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. Mabes becomes the 35th Maintenance Group vice commander.

• 35th Mission Support Group: Col. Thomas Yanni replaces Col. Richard Howell on Aug. 8. Yanni comes from 3rd Air Force, Royal Air Force base, Mildenhall, England. Howell departed to become the Headquarters Air Combat Command deputy Civil Engineer, at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

• 35th Civil Engineer Squadron: Lt. Col. David Maharrey Jr. replaced Lt. Col. Eric Wilbur. Maharrey comes from the 78th Civil Engineer Squadron, Robbins Air Force Base, Ga. Wilbur departed to serve as a commander at a forward deployed location.

• 35th Medical Group: Col. Bryan Funke replaced Col. Russell Turner. Funke comes from the 14th Medical Group, Columbus AFB, Miss. Turner departed for Bolling Air Force, Washington, D.C.

• 35th Medical Operations Squadron: Lt. Col. Eric Stone replaced Lt. Col. Rob Campbell. Stone came from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Campbell departed to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

• Misawa Naval Air Facility: Capt. Wayne Radloff replaced Capt. Richard High. Radloff came from Puget Sound Naval shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. High reported to the University of Kansas ROTC detachment.

• Naval Security Group Activity, Misawa: Cmdr. Jim Brokaw replaced Cmdr. Jeffrey Proper. Brokaw came from the Third Fleet, San Diego, Proper reported to the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

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