U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Buck, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center vice commander, stands inside the weapons school July 22, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Buck oversees USAFWC's mission to shape the way our forces fight through operational testing, tactics development, and advanced training in air, space and cyberspace. Additionally, he ensures the center executes five tasks: certify weapon systems for combat; develop joint, integrated combat employment tactics for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps; graduate advanced war-fighting experts from six unique schools; provide joint, integrated exercise venues for U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Army units; and deliver solutions to immediate combat problems and new innovations to all war-fighters. The USAFWC is organized under Air Combat Command into four wings and one named activity with more than 10,000 Airmen serving in the 53rd Wing, 57th Wing, 99th Air Base Wing, 505th Command and Control Wing and The Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo/Released)
U.S. Air Force Col. Carol C. Yannarella, 99th Air Base Wing vice commander, stands near the front gate July 21, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Yannarella supports the installation command authority for Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases and the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range. She is responsible for all installation support, which includes providing communications, contracting, engineering, environmental, law enforcement, logistics, medical, security, services, supply, transportation and mission support, for more than 12,000 assigned personnel and 313,000 dependents, retirees and veterans. In addition, the 99th Air Base Wing supports the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, 57th Wing, 432nd Wing and elements of the 53rd Wing, 505th Command and Control Wing and 23rd Wing. There are 171 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft assigned to Nellis and nearly 1,500 visitors and temporary-duty personnel conduct business at Nellis daily. (U.S.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/Released)
U.S. Air Force Col. Robert A. Garland Jr. stands in front of an F-15 Eagle aircraft June 17, 2011, on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Garland is the U.S. Air Force Weapons School commandant. He commands 17 squadrons with over 250 assigned instructors to provide graduate-level training in weapons and tactics employment to officers of the combat air forces and mobility air forces. The school also produces the Weapons Review magazine, the CAF's premier professional tactics publication.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William P.Coleman)
U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Waller, 57th Operations Group commander, stands in front of the operations building July 7, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Waller officially became the commander May 24, 2011. His group educates, plans exercises, advocates the integration of airpower into the joint fight, and supports the preparation of the combat air force's maintainers and aircrews. Waller oversees operations of six squadrons and two detachments from Nellis and four geographically separated locations. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Rubi/Released)
U.S. Air Force Col. Darren Bishop, 99th Air Base Wing Mission Support Group commander, stands in front of a firetruck July 26, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 99 MSG provides mission-ready Airmen to combatant commanders, as well as infrastructure and services to support the Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases' warfighters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class George Goslin/Released)
U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Yankovich, 57th Maintenance Group commander, stands in front of the group's headquarter building July 15, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Yankovich assumed command of the 57 MXG July 8, 2011, and is responsible for 2,200 Airmen and contractors who perform aircraft and munitions maintenance, generate sorties, and meet strict test, tactics and training requirements. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jamie L. Nicley/Released)
U.S. Air Force Col. Dustin P. Smith, 505th Test and Evaluation Group commander, stands in front of the Combined Air Operations Center July 28, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Smith is responsible for developing operational- to tactical-level tactics, techniques and procedures supporting air, space and cyber integration; conducting advanced training for air and space operations center personnel; and conducting operational tests for elements of the theater air control system and selected intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapons systems. The 505th TEG includes four active duty squadrons, two detachments and 11 operating locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/Released)
8/2/2011 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- With the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, three wing or equivalent organizations based locally, elements of three additional wings and 52 tenant units; summer is a busy time for leadership changes at Nellis AFB. In addition to numerous squadron level changes of command, the base has several new leaders at the group level and above within its ranks.
In order to introduce these new senior leaders to the base, Nellis photographers captured them in a series of environmental portraits during their first days on the job.