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WPAFB names new base commander


Col. John Devillier will be the next leader in charge at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He'll take command of the 88th Air Base Wing July 17.

Devillier replaces Col. Cassie Barlow who is retiring.

Devillier currently serves as the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations commander at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Here's his Air Force bio:

Col. John M. Devillier is Commander, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Dover Air Force Base, Del. AFMAO has global responsibility for all Air Force mortuary matters for current and past conflicts, operates the nation's sole port mortuary, and provides global contingency mortuary response teams in support of Air Force and combatant command requirements. The mortuary also serves as the single focal point for all Air Force mortuary affairs and survivor assistance matters under the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters Air Force. Colonel Devillier is a 1993 graduate of officer training school and is a career force support officer having served in a variety of positions at Wing, Staff, Joint, and Headquarters Air Force levels. Prior to serving in his current command, he was the Commander, 466th Air Expeditionary Group, Afghanistan. EDUCATION 1992 Bachelor of Science in Education, Florida State University, Fla. 1997 Master of Arts in History, California State University, Calif. 2001 Master of Organizational Management, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 2007 Master of Business Administration, Naval Postgraduate School, Calif. 2011 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Wright-Patt houses one of the largest air base wings in the Air Force with more than 5,000 Air Force military, civilian, and contractor employees. The entire base employs more than 27,000 people, making it the largest single site employer in Ohio.

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