Col. Justin Hoffman will take command of the 58th Special Operations Wing in a ceremony Friday. Hoffman will take the guidon from Col. Brenda Cartier, who has commanded the unit since her arrival in June of 2016.
Hoffman comes to Kirtland from his post in Afghanistan, where he has been serving as the vice commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force; executive officer, NATO Air Command; and deputy director, AFCENT’s Joint Air Component Coordination Element for US Forces. He directed the daily activities of a 63-person joint and multinational staff and assisted the commander with the integration of air and space power in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINAL and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.
Cartier will now transition to a post as director of operations, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
The 58th SOW’s mission is to train warriors in special operations and combat rescue, to professionalize Airmen and employ airpower. The 58th SOW, which flies fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tilt-rotor aircraft, commands Kirtland’s flying mission.