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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — An officer who previously headed the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., took command of the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base on Friday.

Col. Charles Q. Brown Jr. succeeds Col. Jeffrey G. Lofgren, who is to become director of the joint advanced warfighting program at the Pentagon.

The wing is known as the “Wolf Pack” and its commander is referred to informally as the “Wolf.”

Brown is the wing’s 46th Wolf — a one-year assignment.

Lofgren relinquished command to Brown during a morning ceremony inside Hangar 3. Brown’s father and uncle, both retired U.S. Army colonels, attended.

During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Wood, commander of U.S. 7th Air Force, praised Lofgren’s innovative abilities and commitment to excellence and good leadership.

The general noted that the wing scored an overall “excellent” rating during a recent Pacific Air Forces operational readiness inspection.

“This is an incredible accomplishment,” Wood said.

Lofgren initiated “essential, first of its kind” combat training exercises that included the first live-ammunition air-to-air missile firings conducted in South Korea, Wood said.

And, under Lofgren’s direction, the wing initiated a plan in which F-16 fighters returning from missions can give air support to base security forces by using their targeting pods and firepower to attack forces assaulting the base.

In addition, said Wood, the Wolf Pack cut off-base incidents of airman misconduct by “a staggering 50 percent.” This was done in part by setting up a nonalcoholic social lounge for airmen too young to drink.

Wood described Brown as “an experienced fighter pilot who possesses all the tools necessary to continue the proud tradition and successes of the Wolf Pack.”

Brown said he is “especially honored” to have been chosen for the job “because I know the chance to command at this level is not a given.”

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