During a change of command ceremony Thursday, a new unit commander was installed to head the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base.
Col. Charles R. Heflebower, a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours flying time, was installed as the 388th's new commander. He has been wing vice commander for eight months.Col. Lawrence E. Boese, a brigadier general selectee who commanded the 388th since Oct. 6, 1986, moves to Ramstein Air Force Base, West Germany, as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe inspector general and commander of the USAFE inspection and safety center.
In brief remarks during the 15-minute ceremony, Boese said the highlight of his tour of dury at Hill was the 388th's winning top honors in August at the Gunsmoke '87 gunnery competition at Nellis AFB, Nev.
It was Boese's second assignment to the 388th. He served in 1977-79 as operations officer of the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron and commander of the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron.
Heflebower, a native of Washington, D.C., is a 1967 Air Force Academy graduate with a master's degree in international relations from the University of Arkansas.
The colonel flew missions in Southeast Asia in 1970-71, flying 201 combat missions with the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand.
He was assigned vice commander of the 388th Aug. 6 of last year, coming to Hill from assignment as director of advanced programs at the Tactical Air Command headquarters at Langley AFB, Va.