Col. Brian L. Bracy takes command of CDAD

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  • By Kevan Goff-Parker

Col. Brian L. Bracy took command of the Commercial Derivative Aircraft Division, Mobility Directorate for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center under the Air Force Materiel Command at Tinker Air Force Base during a spirited change of charter ceremony July 13 in the Oklahoma Room in Bldg. 3001.

After accepting the change of charter and his new leadership position, Bracy thanked Air Force Program Executive Officer for Presidential Airlift Recapitalization Directorate Maj. Gen. Duke Z. Richardson for his remarks and outgoing Commander Col. Robert A. Dietrick for the stability of the team he built during the last 34 months.

Bracy shared his family’s surprise about his new position at Tinker AFB, since he’s spent the last two years serving as the deputy of the Space Defense Task Force, Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. He joked that he didn’t know there was “a space unit at Tinker” when he heard the news about his new assignment, and is happy his family will be with him.

Bracy then addressed his new team and built on Richardson’s earlier comments about servant leadership.

“I will do what I need to do to take care of you,” he said. “You have my trust and I will do everything I can to earn your (trust).”

Earlier in the ceremony, Richardson said the change of charter ceremony was a really big event for Air Force Materiel Command and he was pleased his current staff was able to attend; especially in light of the fact the division will soon become part of the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate.

He also praised Dietrick for his “unflappable” and “calm leadership” and presented him with a Legion of Merit medal for his distinguished work with the CDAD at Tinker AFB.

After the ceremony ended, Dietrick remarked, “This is my second time through Tinker AFB in the past 25 years,” he said. “The people are the friendliest. I love this place.”

He will continue to serve the USAF as the new SAF/AQI Deputy Director of Information Dominance at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.