New commander to take charge of 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath

Col Evan Pettus is assuming command of the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath. USAF photo by

Col Evan Pettus is assuming command of the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath. USAF photo by Senior Airman Aubrey White. - Credit: Archant

A new commander is taking charge of a USAF wing at a Suffolk airbase.

Colonel Evan Pettus is assuming command of the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath.

He takes over from incumbent Colonel Robert Novotny, who had served as commander of the wing since 2014 and is departing for another assignment with the air force.

A Change of Command ceremony will take place at the base on Tuesday, July 19. The ceremony is a USAF tradition, which represents the trust of command being passed from one commander to the next.

Col Pettus' previous assignment was as the deputy assistant chief of staff at J3 with United States Forces Korea.

He is a command pilot with more than 2,200 flight hours in the F-15E, and is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy.

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