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419th Medical Squadron welcomes new commander

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  • By Senior Airman Erica Webster
  • 419 Fighter Wing Public Affairs

It was all smiles and laughter as Lt. Col. Adam J. Cole, outgoing commander of the 419th Medical Squadron, relinquished command to Lt. Col. Bradley Cowley during a ceremony here on June 4, 2023.

After serving more than 19 years in the Air Force Reserve, Cole was awarded Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster for his outstanding service by 419th Fighter Wing commander, Col. Matthew Fritz.

Throughout his career Cole has had several accomplishments. In addition to ensuring the continuous medical deployment readiness for Airmen, he guided the Coronavirus response coordinating with the Air Force Reserve Command, the Surgeon General’s office, and local health officials, and also directed a joint annual tour with the National Guard to Morocco and Tunisia as part of Operation African Lion providing $1.8 million in care to over 8,500 patients.

“We truly appreciate everything you’ve done to ensure the well-being of our Airmen,” said Fritz. “You’re a great leader and mentor, you will be sorely missed.”

Cowley received his commission in 2003 and was the recipient of the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship prior to serving four years as an Active-Duty Flight Surgeon with the 334th Fighter Squadron at Seymore Johnson AFB. In 2015, an assignment at Hill AFB brought Cowley back to his home state of Utah where he has served as the Flight Surgeon and Chief of Aerospace Medicine ever since.

The 419th MDS ensures the medical readiness of approximately 1,300 Reserve Fighter Wing Airmen who serve to meet our nation’s objectives.