B-P grad commanding Air Force group

A Broadalbin-Perth Central School graduate is now the commander of an Air Force expeditionary group.

According to a news release, airmen of the 451st Expeditionary Operations Group welcomed their new commander, Col. Scott Campbell, at an assumption of command ceremony Sept. 9 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Campbell, a 1991 graduate of Broadalbin-Perth High School, expressed his excitement about working with such a mission-focused team.

“I’ve been impressed with the focus I’ve seen and the great morale of our airmen and the contractors who work here,” he said in a news release. “Seeing such a diverse team working together to generate all the key capabilities that the wing provides the [Combined Forces Air Component Commander] is extremely encouraging to me.”

“It’s a great day for the United States Air Force, especially for the 451st as we celebrate the great effort that’s happened under Col. Gibney and then as we pass the [company flag], a very small token but a huge responsibility, to Col. Campbell,” Brig. Gen. John Dolan, 451st Air Expeditionary Wing commander, said in a news release. Dolan handed command to Campbell during the ceremony.

According to the news release, Campbell’s family hails from Northville and Albany.

Campbell said in an email he is proud to serve.

Campbell, along with his wife Kim, is an A-10 pilot, and is coming from being a student at the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C.

“There is absolutely no greater honor or responsibility than to command America’s sons and daughters in combat. I’m privileged to work alongside the fantastic airmen who represent our Air Force as part of the Operations Group here at Kandahar Airfield,” Campbell said.

Dolan spoke about his previous work with Campbell at Nellis Air Force Base,

“I know that he’s got an incredible breadth of knowledge in the close air support mission … I can think of no one better than Campbell for this mission,” Dolan said in the release.

Campbell acknowledged the challenges of upcoming changes to the group, the release said, but encouraged the airmen to “keep that laser focus on the mission … and remember regardless of what the next few months or what the next year holds our fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines both inside the wire and out are depending on all of us to remain focused on our mission.”

Arthur Cleveland can be reached at acleveland@leaderherald.com.