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Heathman takes reigns of 375th AMW

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Col. Jeremiah Heathman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, receives the wing guidon from Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, during the 375th AMW Assumption of Command Ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. The 375th AMW provides installation services and support to 31 mission partners including United States Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and 18th Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, delivers his remarks during the 375th Air Mobility Wing Assumption of Command Ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. As commander of the 375th AMW, Col. J. Scot Heathman is in charge of a diverse operational airlift mission throughout the continental United States with a fleet of 14 C-21 Lear Jets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Col. J. Scot Heathman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, delivers his first speech as commander during the 375th AMW Assumption of Command Ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. During his career, Heathman has held numerous leadership roles and several key operational and staff positions at the squadron, group, wing, major command and joint staff levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Attendees of the 375th Air Mobility Wing Assumption of Command Ceremony listens to opening remarks at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. Col. J. Scot Heathman assumed command of the wing after previously serving as the vice commander for the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Col. J. Scot Heathman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, delivers his first speech as commander during the 375th AMW Assumption of Command Ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. Heathman is a command pilot with more than 2,600 hours in a military aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Col. J. Scot Heathman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, renders his first salute as commander during the 375th AMW Assumption of Command Ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. During his career, Heathman has held numerous leadership roles and several key operational and staff positions at the squadron, group, wing, major command and joint staff levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda Simpson)

The Scott Air Force Base honor guard presents the U.S. flag during the 375th Air Mobility Wing Assumption of Command Ceremony at Scott AFB Ill., June 25, 2019. Col. J. Scot Heathman is the new 375th AMW commander, and will lead a diverse operational airlift mission throughout the continental United States with a fleet of 14 C-21 Lear Jets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda Simpson)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Col. J. Scot Heathman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, looks out to Airmen of the 375th AMW during the 375th AMW Assumption of Command Ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. The 375th AMW provides installation services and support to 31 mission partners including United States Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and 18th Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

Chief Master Sgt. Leon Calloway, 375th Air Mobility Wing command chief, awaits the assumption of command ceremony for the 375th AMW at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. The 375th AMW provides installation services and support to 31 mission partners including United States Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and 18th Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)
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Col. Joseph Meyer, 375th Air Mobility Wing vice commander, leads the formation during the 375th AMW assumption of command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 25, 2019. Col. J. Scot Heathman assumed command of the wing after previously serving as the vice commander for the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Cossaboom)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Col. J. Scot Heathman assumed command of the 375th Air Mobility Wing during an Assumption of Command ceremony here, June 25, 2019.

During his first address to the troops, Heathman said, “I have been extremely fortunate throughout my Air Force career to serve and lead at a variety of levels, but I am in my happy place when I get to watch you train and get after the mission. As part of my contract to you as commander, I will make sure you have access to personal and professional development, I will challenge you, and I will ensure you are combat ready when our nation calls.”                                                                         

As commander of the 375th AMW, Heathman is in charge of a diverse operational airlift mission throughout the continental United States with a fleet of 14 C-21 Lear Jets. In addition, the wing conducts its airlift missions with two Associate Partners: 932nd Airlift Wing (Reserve), which flies the C-40, supporting military and civilian senior leader airlift missions; and the 126th Air Refueling Wing (Guard), which flies KC-135 in support of the nation's refueling and mobility missions.

The 375th AMW also provides installation services and support to 31 mission partners including United States Transportation Command, AMC, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, 18th Air Force, Air Force Network Integration Center, Defense Information Systems Agency and Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization.

Prior to his command, Heathman served as vice commander at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Previously, he served at Scott as the Division Chief for Senior Leader Management at Air Mobility Command. His career encapsulates numerous leadership roles and several key operational and staff positions at the squadron, group, wing, major command and joint staff levels.

Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, officiated during the ceremony and spoke about the “talented, innovative and brave” Airmen within the 375th AMW and charged Heathman with keeping an eye on “squadron vitality and work/life balance.”

Heathman responded that the wing’s Airmen “are my inspiration and the reason why I serve. …Being your commander is an honor and a privilege that I will not take for granted.” 

Joining him for the ceremony today was his wife, Mary, and their son, Josh, and many other family members from throughout the country.

“We’re happy to call Scott AFB home once again,” he added, noting the diverse missions of the base and “phenomenal” support of the community here. “It’s an honor to serve with you.”