Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the outgoing 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, receives the Bronze Star Medal from Maj. Gen. James Hecker, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2017. Sears commanded the 455th AEW for the last 12 months. During his time at Bagram, Sears’ leadership enabled 15,800 combat sorties, accumulating to 102,877 combat hours, which resulted in more than 1,369 kinetic strike and 2,836 enemies killed in action.
RMPXK5G9Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the outgoing 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, receives the Bronze Star Medal from Maj. Gen. James Hecker, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2017. Sears commanded the 455th AEW for the last 12 months. During his time at Bagram, Sears’ leadership enabled 15,800 combat sorties, accumulating to 102,877 combat hours, which resulted in more than 1,369 kinetic strike and 2,836 enemies killed in action.
Brig. Gen. James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, tosses a cookie into the air during a carnival block party game hosted by the 455th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 11, 2016. The 455th EFSS hosts these events so servicemembers can relieve stress and help them cope with being away from their loved ones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
RMP43HAHBrig. Gen. James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, tosses a cookie into the air during a carnival block party game hosted by the 455th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 11, 2016. The 455th EFSS hosts these events so servicemembers can relieve stress and help them cope with being away from their loved ones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
Brig. Gen. James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, renders his first salute to the Airmen of 455th AEW during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 03, 2016. Sears comes to the 455th AEW from the Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas where he serves as Director of Assignments and Air and Space Expeditionary Force Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
RMP41HC5Brig. Gen. James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, renders his first salute to the Airmen of 455th AEW during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 03, 2016. Sears comes to the 455th AEW from the Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas where he serves as Director of Assignments and Air and Space Expeditionary Force Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
Maj. Gen. Geffrey Taliaferro (left), 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, grants command to Brig. Gen. James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 03, 2016. Sears comes to the 455th AEW from the Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas where he serves as Director of Assignments and Air and Space Expeditionary Force Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
RMP41HC4Maj. Gen. Geffrey Taliaferro (left), 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, grants command to Brig. Gen. James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 03, 2016. Sears comes to the 455th AEW from the Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas where he serves as Director of Assignments and Air and Space Expeditionary Force Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the outgoing 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, receives the Bronze Star Medal from Maj. Gen. James Hecker, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2017. Sears commanded the 455th AEW for the last 12 months. During his time at Bagram, Sears’ leadership enabled 15,800 combat sorties, accumulating to 102,877 combat hours, which resulted in more than 1,369 kinetic strike and 2,836 enemies killed in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
RMMRC6D1Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the outgoing 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, receives the Bronze Star Medal from Maj. Gen. James Hecker, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2017. Sears commanded the 455th AEW for the last 12 months. During his time at Bagram, Sears’ leadership enabled 15,800 combat sorties, accumulating to 102,877 combat hours, which resulted in more than 1,369 kinetic strike and 2,836 enemies killed in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the outgoing 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, receives the Bronze Star Medal from Maj. Gen. James Hecker, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2017. Sears commanded the 455th AEW for the last 12 months. During his time at Bagram, Sears’ leadership enabled 15,800 combat sorties, accumulating to 102,877 combat hours, which resulted in more than 1,369 kinetic strike and 2,836 enemies killed in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
RMJF5EG7Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the outgoing 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, receives the Bronze Star Medal from Maj. Gen. James Hecker, the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan commander, during a change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2017. Sears commanded the 455th AEW for the last 12 months. During his time at Bagram, Sears’ leadership enabled 15,800 combat sorties, accumulating to 102,877 combat hours, which resulted in more than 1,369 kinetic strike and 2,836 enemies killed in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)
Command Chief Master Sergeant Peter Speen (left), 455th Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and talks with Brig. Gen. James Sears (middle), 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, July 12, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Carter visited Afghanistan to meet with Afghan President Ghani, Resolute Support leadership and service members to discuss the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
RMP3MEBECommand Chief Master Sergeant Peter Speen (left), 455th Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and talks with Brig. Gen. James Sears (middle), 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, July 12, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Carter visited Afghanistan to meet with Afghan President Ghani, Resolute Support leadership and service members to discuss the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)