Edwards leader is headed to Baghdad
EDWARDS AFB — After about 18 months at the helm of Edwards Air Force Base, Brig. Gen. E. John “Dragon” Teichert is moving on to a new assignment next month as senior defense official and defense attaché-Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Teichert, who took command of the 412th Test Wing which oversees the base in July 2018, announced in a basewide email Wednesday he is leaving effective Feb. 5.
“It will be a fascinating
and impactful year in the midst of a situation where global tensions are on edge. Baghdad is at the nexus of several areas of focus from the National Defense Strategy, and such a leadership position offers a true opportunity to serve on the front lines for the Warfighter,” Teichert said in an email to the Antelope Valley Press on Friday.
He will begin training for the new position as soon as he leaves Edwards and will deploy for the one-year assignment immediately thereafter.
“I fully realize that I am leaving an amazing team, amazing Airmen, amazing families, amazing mission partners, an amazing Aerospace Valley community, and an amazing dream job here at the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe where we regularly make history today for the Warfighter,” he said in the email. “It has been one of the greatest honors and joys of my life to serve here alongside of you.”
During his tenure at Edwards, Teichert has worked with partners in the communities surrounding and supporting Edwards and was instrumental in the effort to team with the Los Angeles County Air Show to return an air show to Edwards this year.
“The Aerospace Valley community embraces our Airmen and their families with open arms as their colleagues, neighbors, and friends,” Teichert said. “The amount of support we receive from the community and especially our Civilian-Military Support Group is world class. I love the Aerospace Valley and the opportunity to work alongside of our amazing community partners.”
The Pentagon announced that Col. Matthew Higer, currently assigned to Air Force Materiel Command, will assume command of the 412th Test Wing.
Higer previously served as commandant of the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards starting in 2017.
Teichert said he and Higer were Test Pilot School classmates in 2003 and that the new commander “will be an outstanding leader to carry on the legacy of impact and influence for which the 412th Test Wing is world renowned.”
“For the rest of my life, I will proudly watch from afar as you impact and influence the future of American air, space, and cyber power,” Teichert said. “I will always be humbled by the memories of serving alongside of you here at The Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe. You are a national treasure.”
Teichert, a native of Port Angeles, Washington, received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. He is a command pilot with more than 2,000 hours in 36 different aircraft types.
Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, 412th Test Wing commander, pours coffee for veterans during a Coffee4Vets gathering at Crazy Otto’s Diner in Lancaster. Teichert, who has been in charge at Edwards AFB since July 2018, is leaving next month for a position at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.