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NEWS | Aug. 7, 2020

437th welcomes new commander

By Senior Airman Joshua R. Maund Joint base Charleston Public Affairs

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Col. Jaron H. Roux assumed command of the 437th Airlift Wing from Col. Clinton ZumBrunnen at a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., August 7, 2020.

The 437th AW deploys Airmen and aircraft worldwide in support of contingency operations that involve air-to-land and airdrop delivery of forces, equipment and supplies. These missions support combat operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff directed special operations missions and United States sponsored humanitarian relief efforts.

The ceremony began with Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, recognizing the achievements and milestones the wing accumulated under ZumBrunnen’s command.

“ZumBrunnen worked with the local reserve wing and other mission partners to execute the installations first fly-away exercise in more than 10 years,” said Barret. “Under his command, his wing launched the first operational use of the Transportation Isolation system and tested the Negative Pressure Conex to aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Roux is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, class of 2000. He most recently served as the vice commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base United Arab Emirates.

“What a tremendous honor this is to lead the 437th Airlift Wing,” said Roux. “I’d like to thank Maj. Gen. Barrett and [Air Mobility Command] leadership for the trust and confidence to lead this amazing team.”

Roux’s first speech as the new commander highlighted his intent to integrate with the Charleston community and its mission partners.

“To the mission partners across the Joint Base, I want to say that I look forward to our fruitful partnership and being a great teammate,” said Roux. “Thank you in advance for all that you have done and will do for this wing’s success.”