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466th Fighter Squadron welcomes new commander

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  • By Staff Sgt. Robert Porter
  • 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Lt. Col. Shad Stromberg assumed command of the 466th Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. Bart Wilbanks here July 11.

Stromberg enlisted in the 419th Medical Squadron as an aerospace medical technician in December 1996. He graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and completed Officer Training School in November 2002. Two years later, Stromberg graduated from undergraduate pilot training, where he was recognized as the most outstanding lieutenant.

Stromberg is an instructor and evaluator for the F-35A Lightning II, and was a member of the initial F-35 pilot cadre. Stromberg has a master’s degree in joint warfare from the Air Command and Staff College, and has flown combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Freedom Sentinel, Resolute Support, and Noble Eagle.

During his farewell remarks, Wilbanks addressed Airmen in the 466th FS.

“I am a firm believer that this team is the best fighting force in United States Air Force today,” he said. “I am impressed by you on a daily basis, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be your commander.”

Wilbanks also expressed his confidence in Stromberg as the new squadron commander.

Stromberg said he is excited and committed to working for the squadron as commander.

“I want to help each and every one of you,” Stromberg said. “We have an amazing leadership team at the 419th Fighter Wing and I hope that we have earned your respect and your trust. I look forward to helping you and your families in any way that I can. I truly appreciate all of you, and what you have done for this squadron.”

The 466th FS is the wing’s only fighter squadron and its pilots fly the F-35 alongside their active duty counterparts in the 388th FW.