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Lt. Gen. Garry Trexler, left, 7th Air Force commander, hands the 8th Fighter Wing’s guide on to Col. Jeffrey G. Lofgren during a change-of-command ceremony Monday at Hangar 3. Lofgren is the 45th Wolf — the name traditionally given the leader of the 8th Fighter Wing, which is known as the Wolf Pack.

Lt. Gen. Garry Trexler, left, 7th Air Force commander, hands the 8th Fighter Wing’s guide on to Col. Jeffrey G. Lofgren during a change-of-command ceremony Monday at Hangar 3. Lofgren is the 45th Wolf — the name traditionally given the leader of the 8th Fighter Wing, which is known as the Wolf Pack. (Joshua DeMotts / U.S. Air Force)

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Air Force Col. Jeffrey G. Lofgren assumed command of the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base on Monday.

He succeeds Col. Brian T. Bishop, who moves to a new Air Force assignment at the Pentagon.

The wing also is known as the Wolf Pack, and by tradition its commander is referred to as The Wolf. The tradition dates to the Vietnam War, when Col. Robin Olds gave the unit its nickname.

Lofgren became the wing’s 45th Wolf during the afternoon ceremony at Kunsan’s Hangar 3.

He was promoted to colonel in June 2004. His previous assignment was as commander of the 388th Operations Group, 388th Fighter Wing, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Lofgren graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984, the Air Command and Staff College in 1997, and from the National War College, where he received a master’s degree in national security strategy, in 2001. In 1994 he received a master’s degree in aerospace science technology from Embry Riddle University in Arizona.

Kunsan Air Base runs along South Korea’s western seacoast and has a reputation as an austere assignment with a high training tempo and few off-base recreational opportunities. Most of its 2,600 airmen serve one-year tours unaccompanied by family members.

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