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The commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Col. Christopher B. Meeker, has been relieved from his command position due to a “loss of confidence in his leadership abilities,” according to a base statement.

The announcement was brief, with Shipton stating the decision was in the “best interest of the men and women of the 88th Air Base Wing.” Further details were not provided, as a spokesman for Air Force Materiel Command referred back to the release without additional elaboration.

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This change of command is significant for the 88th Air Base Wing, one of the largest in the Air Force, which is responsible for maintaining infrastructure, security, and support for over 115 units at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a hub for military, government, and contractor personnel.

Lt. Gen. Donna D. Shipton, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, made the decision to appoint Col. Travis W. Pond as the interim wing commander. Meeker had assumed command in July 2022, following Col. Patrick Miller, and was succeeded by Pond, who has been serving as the deputy commander since June.


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