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384th ARS joins Fairchild’s flying force

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumes command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Col. Todd Cargle, 92nd Operations Group commander, officiated the ceremony and presented McClune with his first commander’s badge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumes command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Col. Todd Cargle, 92nd Operations Group commander, officiated the ceremony and presented McClune with his first commander’s badge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumes command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. McClune, previously the 92nd Operations Support Squadron director of operations, is the first Fairchild commander assigned to the 384th ARS after its relocation from McConnell AFB, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumes command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. McClune, previously the 92nd Operations Support Squadron director of operations, is the first Fairchild commander assigned to the 384th ARS after its relocation from McConnell AFB, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumes command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. McClune, previously the 92nd Operations Support Squadron director of operations, is the first Fairchild commander assigned to the 384th ARS after its relocation from McConnell AFB, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumes command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. McClune, previously the 92nd Operations Support Squadron director of operations, is the first Fairchild commander assigned to the 384th ARS after its relocation from McConnell AFB, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumed command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. McClune, previously the 92nd Operations Support Squadron director of operations, is the first Fairchild commander assigned to the 384th ARS after its relocation from McConnell AFB, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumed command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. McClune, previously the 92nd Operations Support Squadron director of operations, is the first Fairchild commander assigned to the 384th ARS after its relocation from McConnell AFB, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Lt. Col. Sean McClune assumed command of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony Mar. 23, here.

McClune, previously the 92nd Operations Support Squadron director of operations, is the first Fairchild commander assigned to the 384th ARS after its relocation from McConnell AFB, Kansas.

“Seventy three years ago today, this squadron flew its first combat mission bombing an enemy airfield in France,” McClune said. “Our nation has since fought wars in Europe, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Through every one of those, the 384th ARS was there. The legacy of the 384th is one I, and you, should be proud of being a part of.”

Col. Todd Cargle, 92nd Operations Group commander, officiated the ceremony and presented McClune with his first commander’s badge.

“The 384th ARS is a battle-tested, combat unit that distinguished itself upon first activation in the Army Air Corps,” Cargle said. “Sean and a core team of Airmen have been working diligently to get the 384th ARS to function as a squadron from this day forward. I know they are ready to answer the call of our nation just like all the generations of Airmen since 1944.”

McClune received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. He has served as a flight examiner and airdrop aircraft commander in the C-17 Globemaster, Air Mobility Command Directorate of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs executive officer, and as the 618th Air Operations Center Enduring Operations Branch chief, responsible for planning, scheduling and directing a fleet of nearly 1,300 aircraft in support of contingency airlift operations around the world.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead some of America’s finest Airmen and defend this great nation,” McClune said. “I take the charge of this command whole heartedly and the duty to take care of you, the men and women of the 384th ARS with full respect.”

This is McClune’s first squadron command.