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Barnett takes over LRS driver's seat

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice
  • 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron gathered to welcome their new commander, Maj. Coleen A. Barnett, during a change of command ceremony April 2 at the Cargo Load Facility, here. Col. Lisa M. Craig, 433rd Mission Support Group commander, presided over the ceremony.

"As many of you know Major Barnett has excelled at every challenge we've thrown at her," said Craig, in reference to Barnett's work as the 433rd LRS operations officer over the last year. "She has a can-do attitude, attention to detail, and she takes ownership of everything that's thrown her way. She's going to lead you well. She's a young LRO, but she's a seasoned leader and when you face challenges, she's going to take them head on with you."

After taking command, Barnett thanked her leadership, the men and women of the 433rd LRS and her family. The commander expressed her gratefulness for this new leadership opportunity.

"When Colonel Craig asked me if I wanted to take this position, I was a little surprised by it, but of course I wanted to - you guys are awesome," she said. "I am proud of the work you all do to support the wing and to support the Air Force, whether we're fueling planes, moving people, repairing vehicles, supplying aircraft, parts, uniforms, weapons, preparing Airmen to deploy - you do it well and you do it as professional, accountable, exceptional Airmen, which is our vision."

"I'm proud that you embrace change because as you see we are going through a lot of change right now," she continued. "I'm proud that you continually raise the bar to be the best combat-ready logistical Airmen, and I'm proud now to call myself your commander. Thank you for serving. I also thank your families for serving and supporting you so that you may serve."

As the 433rd LRS commander, Barnett leads more than 100 military and civilian personnel. She is responsible for orchestrating critical logistics support procedures for the 433rd Airlift Wing's 2,400 military personnel and C-5 fleet, which includes overseeing vehicle operations and maintenance, fuels, supply and contingency planning and execution for the wing.