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366th Fighter Wing welcomes new commander

Col. Joseph Kunkel (right) accepts command of the 366th Fighter Wing from 12th Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. Kunkel was previously the 325th Fighter Wing vice commander at Tyndall AFB, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

Col. Joseph Kunkel (right) accepts command of the 366th Fighter Wing from 12th Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. Kunkel was previously the 325th Fighter Wing vice commander at Tyndall AFB, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

Col. Joseph D. Kunkel assumed command over the 366th Fighter Wing from Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell.

Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell hands command of the 366th Fighter Wing to Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly during the official wing change of command, September 8, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. O’Donnell will act as the director of the Air Force colonels management office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Armstrong/Released)

Col. Joseph D. Kunkel assumed command over the 366th Fighter Wing from Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell.

Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander presents Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell the Legion of Merit, September 8, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. O’Donnell oversaw two record setting deployments during his time as commander at Mountain Home Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malissa Armstrong/Released)

Col. Joseph D. Kunkel assumed command over the 366th Fighter Wing from Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell.

Members of the 366th Fighter Wing watch on during the wing change of command, September 8, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Col. Joseph D. Kunkel assumed command over the 366th Fighter Wing from Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

Col. Joseph D. Kunkel assumed command over the 366th Fighter Wing from Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell.

Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, addresses the 366th Fighter Wing during the wing change of command, September 8, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell officially handed command to Col. Joseph D. Kunkel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alaysia Berry/Released)

The 366th Fighter Wing and assembled guests salute during the national anthem at the 366th FW change of command ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. The wing welcomed Col. Joseph Kunkel as the new commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

The 366th Fighter Wing and assembled guests salute during the national anthem at the 366th FW change of command ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. The wing welcomed Col. Joseph Kunkel as the new commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, salutes the wing for the first time at the end of a change of command ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. The outgoing commander, Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, will become the Director, Air Force Colonels Management Office, at the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

Col. Joseph Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander, salutes the wing for the first time at the end of a change of command ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. The outgoing commander, Col. Jefferson O'Donnell, will become the Director, Air Force Colonels Management Office, at the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

Senior Airman Thomas Ortz, 366th Maintenance Squadron, changes the name on the 366th Fighter Wing flagship F-15E Strike Eagle at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. The change in name is symbolic of Col. Joseph Kunkel's assumption of command of the 366th FW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

Senior Airman Thomas Ortz, 366th Maintenance Squadron, changes the name on the 366th Fighter Wing flagship F-15E Strike Eagle at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 8, 2017. The change in name is symbolic of Col. Joseph Kunkel's assumption of command of the 366th FW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Samuel Morse)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The 366th Fighter Wing gathered to welcome the new commander during a change of command ceremony, September 8, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

Col. Joseph D. Kunkel assumed command from Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell, while Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, officiated the ceremony.

"It has been my humble honor to serve as the 366th Gunfighter One,” O’Donnell said. "Uncertainty is our greatest threat, but Gunfighters will continue to succeed, because fortune favors the bold!"

Under his leadership two squadrons executed record setting deployments in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Kunkel is now responsible for the wing comprised of 4,200 military and civilian members, including a Republic of Singapore Air Force squadron.
He was previously the 325th Fighter Wing vice commander at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and has over 2,200 flight hours in four different aircraft, including the F-15E Strike Eagle.

Kunkel expressed his appreciation to continue the Gunfighter’s proud heritage built on innovation which is required in today’s uncertain environment.

“Jenny and I are extremely happy and proud to join the team, and it is my absolute honor to serve as Gunfighter One. We have felt very welcomed into the community,” Kunkel said. “I’m known for warfighting excellence and taking care of airmen and that is what I am going to bring to the Mountain Home team.”

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