SAFB Receives New Commander

Update 6-24-11

Colonel Kevin Schneider has stepped down as the 80th Flying Training Wing commander. The title now goes to Colonel Dieter Bariehs.

At 9 a.m. today a ceremony was held welcoming Colonel Bariehs to his new position.

Colonel Bariehs spoke about how he feels about his reception, and said, "My experience with the 80th has been great. Everything that I've seen I've been completely impressed with and with the community. The reception my family and I have received this morning, that really bears out the support that the community provides for the 80th and for Sheppard."

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SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Colonel Kevin Schneider, 80th Flying Training Wing commander, will relinquish command of the wing to Colonel Dieter Bariehs at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 24.

Colonel Schneider has been the commander of the both 80th Flying Training Wing and the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program since July 2009. He now moves on to an assignment at the Pentagon.

Colonel Bareihs comes to Sheppard AFB from the Pentagon where he was the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow with duties on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell, the Joint Chief. Colonel Bareihs graduated from ENJJPT in August, 1990.

Col. Bareihs received his commission in 1989 from the United States Air Force Academy and most recently served as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow with duties on the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell, the Joint Staff.

Col. Bareihs supported the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy, and provided military advice to the President and Secretary of Defense.

His previous assignments included the Director of Operation U.S. Air Force Central, Al Udeid Air Base; Director of Operation , F-16 Division; and F-16 Instructor Pilot among many other important assignments.

Col. Bareihs received many degrees including a Masters Of Science in National Resource Strategy at the National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington D.C.

His flight information includes a rating of Command Pilot, and he has acquired more than 3,000 flight hours. He has flown the F-16, T-37, and T-38.

Col. Bareihs has received many awards, including the Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf cluster. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2004.