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AFDW welcomes new vice commander

Col. Michael E. Gantt has been assigned as vice commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Md. In Gantt’s last assignment, he served as the Chief of A5XS ‘Skunks’ Division, responsible to the Chief of Staff, US Air Force to develop operational concepts and strategy commensurate with future force requirements and capabilities.

Col. Michael E. Gantt has been assigned as vice commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Md. In Gantt’s last assignment, he served as the Chief of A5XS ‘Skunks’ Division, responsible to the Chief of Staff, US Air Force to develop operational concepts and strategy commensurate with future force requirements and capabilities.

Joint Base Andrews, Md. -- Col. Michael E. Gantt has been assigned as vice commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Md. In Gantt's last assignment, he served as the Chief of A5XS 'Skunks' Division, responsible to the Chief of Staff, US Air Force to develop operational concepts and strategy commensurate with future force requirements and capabilities.

The colonel's other assignments include serving in a variety of leadership capacities at fighter bases in the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, as well as duty at European Command, the Air Staff, and as a student at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

AFDW is a direct reporting unit that provides the single Air Force voice and component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region, as well as organizes, trains, and equips combat forces for the aerospace expeditionary forces, homeland operations, civil support, national special security events and ceremonial events. In addition, AFDW serves as Uniform Code of Military Justice authority for more than 40,000 personnel and provides major command-level support for more than 24,000 personnel assigned worldwide.

Gantt is replacing Col. Jeffrey L. Stephenson, a joint specialty officer and a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours, who is retiring after 27 years of service.