24th SOW welcomes new commander

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Claude Tudor, Jr., commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, right, accepts the unit guidon from Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor is the fourth person to command the 24th SOW, the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing and U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Claude Tudor, Jr., commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor is the fourth person to command the 24th SOW, the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing and U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Michael Martin, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, right, passes the unit guidon to Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Martin, who has commanded the 24th SOW since July 2016, relinquished command to Col. Claude Tudor, Jr. during the ceremony. The 24th SOW is U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Michael Martin, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, right, receives the Legion of Merit from Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Martin, who has commanded the 24th SOW since July 2016, relinquished command to Col. Claude Tudor, Jr. during the ceremony. The 24th SOW is U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Lisa and Katie Tudor, wife and daughter, respectively, of Col. Claude Tudor, Jr., the new commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, receive bouquets of flowers during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor is the fourth person to command the 24th SOW, the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing and U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Claude Tudor, Jr. addresses members of his unit for the first time after taking command of the 24th Special Operations Wing during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor, who was previously assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., is the fourth person to lead the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Claude Tudor, Jr. addresses members of his unit for the first time after taking command of the 24th Special Operations Wing during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor, who was previously assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., is the fourth person to lead the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Claude Tudor, Jr. is the new commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor, who was previously assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., is the fourth person to lead the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing, and takes command of the 24th SOW from Col. Michael Martin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander

Col. Michael Martin, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, addresses members of his unit one final time during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Martin has commanded the 24th SOW since July 2016, leading U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

24th SOW welcomes new commander
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Col. Michael Martin, outgoing commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, and Col. Claude Tudor, Jr., incoming commander of the 24th SOW, listen to a speech during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor is the fourth person to command the 24th SOW, the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing and U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

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Col. Michael Martin, outgoing commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, and Col. Claude Tudor, Jr., incoming commander of the 24th SOW, listen to a speech during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Tudor is the fourth person to command the 24th SOW, the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing and U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victor J. Caputo)

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Col. Michael Martin, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, after receiving the Legion of Merit during a change of command ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 8, 2018. Martin, who has commanded the 24th SOW since July 2016, relinquished command to Col. Claude Tudor, Jr. during the ceremony. The 24th SOW is U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force. The wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --

The 24th Special Operations Wing welcomed its new commander during a change of command ceremony here, March 8.

Col. Claude K. Tudor, Jr. took command of the wing from Col. Michael Martin during the ceremony, which was officiated by Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.

“Lisa and I are excited to be home in AFSOC with all of the Air Commandos,” said Tudor. “To the men and women of the Special Tactics global enterprise, we will continue driving our organizational velocity . . . as part of the greater Air Force and special operations team to solve complex air and ground problems across the full spectrum of conflict and crisis.”

Tudor, the fourth person to hold the position of 24th SOW commander, leads the Air Force’s only Special Tactics wing. As U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air to ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force, the wing conducts global access missions, precision strike, personnel recovery operations, and battlefield surgery.

“Special Tactics Air Commandos, you are the vanguard of our security to the nation,” said Webb. “I know you will stand ready when the nation calls upon you to defend her in new ways, just as you do today.”

In the near-two years Martin commanded the wing, 24th SOW personnel conducted almost 2,900 combat missions, more than 180 airfield surveys with 10,000 aircraft controlled, in addition to more than 10,000 enemy KIA. Throughout his tenure, Special Tactics Airmen received an Air Force Cross, five Silver Stars, 22 Bronze Stars, four with Valor, 10 Purple Hearts, and dozens of awards at the AFSOC and Headquarters Air Force level.

“The nation may once again be called upon to fight and defeat the enemy in a way other than counter terrorism,” said Webb. “No war is easy, and potentially the next war won’t be as well. However, there is a way to victory, and Special Tactics will find it.”

Prior to assuming command of the 24th SOW, Tudor was the (Acting) Director Clandestine Operations, Global Access & Mission Integration, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Technical Collection & Special Programs in Washington, D.C. His wealth of distinguished experience draws distinct expectations from Webb.

“My charge to you is simple: use your unique experience and expertise to sharpen the point of the knife,” said Webb. “Your leadership is essential to leading the 24th SOW to new heights in readiness, relevance, and resiliency programs.”

Tudor, a career Special Tactics Officer, has spent the preponderance of his military time in special operations ground combat assignments and has deployed extensively in support of Joint and Coalition special operations supporting combat, humanitarian assistance, and peacekeeping/peace-enforcement operations globally.