Col. Jolly assumes command of the 82 TRW

Maj. Gen. Robert Labrutta (left), 2nd Air Force commander, passes the ceremonial guidon to Col. Ronald Jolly (right), incoming 82nd Training Wing commander, during the 82nd Training Wing Change of Command ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 21, 2017. Jolly served at the Pentagon before arriving to Sheppard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese)

Maj. Gen. Robert Labrutta (left), 2nd Air Force commander, passes the ceremonial guidon to Col. Ronald E. Jolly, Sr. (right), incoming 82nd Training Wing commander, during the 82nd Training Wing Change of Command ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 21, 2017. Jolly served as the at the Pentagon, before arriving to Sheppard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty relinquished command of the 82nd Training Wing to Col. Ronald E. Jolly, Sr., here Tuesday.

“Lead Airmen—that is what we do,” Jolly said. “And I am excited to be a part of this. I am looking forward to working with and moving forward with this great community.”

Jolly, who has been nominated for promotion to brigadier general pending Senate confirmation, comes to Sheppard from the Pentagon, where he served as associate director at the Directorate of Resource Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection.

He is a career aircraft maintenance officer and has served tours as an air base wing commander at Hill AFB, Utah, a maintenance group and squadron commander, and military assistant to the secretary of the Air Force. He has deployed multiple times in support of Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Doherty, whose nomination for promotion to major general was announced March 10 during the closing of the Air Education and Training Command Spring Senior Leader Conference, will head to San Antonio where he will take command of 19th Air Force.

“As I reflect on my time here, this truly is a phenomenal wing,” Doherty said. “You truly are the heart of airpower. It starts here. You are why we are the number one Air Force in the world.”

Doherty was awarded the Legion of Merit, first oak leaf cluster, for his leadership and accomplishments at the 82nd Training Wing.