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NEWS | Aug. 3, 2017

Honored to be in Charleston

By Col. Jeff Nelson, commander 628th Air Base Wing

If asked many years ago what my dream job would be at this time in my career, being a commander at Joint Base Charleston would be on the top of the list.  My operational career started here at Joint Base Charleston (then Charleston Air Force Base) back in January 1999.  I met my wife during that assignment and we always hoped for a return assignment to the Lowcountry.  It took 14 years (and a tour in South Korea) for the Air Force to bring us back.  It was a true honor to return to Charleston last summer as the Vice Commander of the 437th Airlift Wing and to stay this summer as the Commander of the 628th Air Base Wing.  Joint Base Charleston has always held a special place in my heart and I am excited to be here in this new role.  


To the men and women of the 628th Air Base Wing, I am honored and humbled to be your commander. I am committed to you and the mission of the 628th Air Base Wing.  I look forward to working with each of you as we: Build and Develop Leaders, Provide Unrivaled Joint Base and Installation Support and Provide Mission-Ready Personnel to Combatant Commanders.


In order to Build and Develop Leaders, we must increase your desire to learn, expand your professional comfort zone, be comfortable taking calculated, measured and educated risks, and achieve work-life balance.  In order to Provide Unrivaled Joint Base and Installation Support we must have a customer service mindset…always, work toward “yes” and continue to enhance community partnerships.  To Provide Mission-Ready Personnel to Combatant Commanders, we must provide proper training at the appropriate time and be fit to fight – mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.


To each of the Mission Partners across Joint Base Charleston, I look forward to working with you in supporting your missions.  I had the chance to meet many of you during my last year here at Joint Base Charleston.  That experience will help me to hit the ground running in my new role.  I look forward to meeting the rest of the mission partners and learning about your mission and how best we can support your organizations.


I cannot wait to see where the next two years will lead us. As we work together, we will continue to showcase excellence by Serving All.