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455th AEW welcomes new Vulture lead

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson
  • 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
Brig. Gen. James R. Sears Jr. took command of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing from Brig. Gen. David Julazadeh during a change of command ceremony, here, June 3.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Taliaferro, commander of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, presided over the change of command ceremony. Taliaferro talked about the proud heritage of the 455th AEW and extended his praise to General Julazadeh.

“General Julazadeh has met and exceeded all challenges,” Taliaferro said. “He has provided a vision for the 455th to move into the future and should hold his head high for a difficult job extremely well done.”
Taliaferro went on to talk about the future of the 455th under Sears.
“As each command ends, another begins. The 455th is lucky to have another incredibly, capable leader,” Taliaferro said. “You are the right officer to keep this wing moving into the future. You have my complete confidence and I’m excited about where you are going to take it.

Julazadeh, who has been selected for reassignment to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, as deputy director, operations, J3, U.S. Central Command, reflected on his time at the 455th AEW and commended the Airmen.

“A special thanks to the Airmen of the 455th, what a tremendous year we have had,” Julazadeh said. “Your dedication is amazing, innovation is impressive, compassion is astonishing and your resilience is remarkable”

Julazadeh went on the welcome Brig. Gen. Sears to the 455th AEW and conveyed his confidence in Sears, as he characterized him as a “Phenomenal leader”.

General Sears comes to the 455th AEW from the Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, where he served as Director of Assignments and Air and Space Expeditionary Force Operations. He is a command pilot with over 3,200 flight hours, including combat over Afghanistan and Iraq.
Sears expressed his gratitude toward Julazadeh and thanked him for his leadership.

Sears then addressed the men and women of the 455th.

“This wing has carried on a tradition of excellence upon which our nation, joint and coalition partners have grown to depend,” Sears said. “Together we will continue this tradition of excellence and be ready to meet the threat, and defend America, freedom and our way of life.”