Wolf Pack welcomes Wolf 63

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Emili Koonce
  • 8th Fighter Wing

The Wolf Pack welcomed Col. Timothy B. Murphy as the 8th Fighter Wing commander at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 25.

Assuming command from Col. Henry R. Jeffress, III, Murphy traveled to Kunsan AB from his previous assignment as the vice wing commander of the 35th FW, Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Brig. Gen. Ryan Keeney, 7th Air Force deputy commander, presided over the ceremony and was the first to officially welcome Murphy, now also known as “Wolf 63,” back to the Pack. Murphy was previously stationed at Kunsan and assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron from 2006-2007.

“I have complete confidence in your ability to keep the Wolf Pack ready to deter, defend, and if necessary, defeat our enemies,” Keeney said. “I know you are going to make an amazing partner for our ROK counterparts and continue to build the strength of our iron clad alliance.”

Ahead of the time-honored tradition of passing the guidon between leaders, Keeney also took a moment to address Jeffress for his dedication to the 8th FW.

“You have empowered the men and women of the Wolf Pack to strive for excellence and deliver remarkable results,” Keeney said. “Thank you for your outstanding leadership and vision over the last year.”

During Jeffress’ tenure, the Wolf Pack had many accomplishments, awards and was recognized at various levels for their contributions to the U.S. and its allies. After his first salute, Murphy gave his thoughts on the heritage of the team and his vision for next 12 months.

“We have a proud tradition of excellence in our Air Force, and we especially have a proud tradition of excellence in the Wolf Pack,” said Murphy. “Know your role in this mission of ours and make it happen with your entire heart.”

As the 8th FW commander, Murphy will lead more than 3,200 active-duty Airmen, Soldiers, and civilian personnel, to execute the “defend the base, accept follow-on forces, and take the fight North!” mission.