Ed­wards leader is headed to Bagh­dad

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AIR FORCE, GIAN­CARLO CASEM

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.

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