SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE (KAUZ) - There is no place like home and no one knows that more than the new Sheppard Air Force Base 82nd Training Wing Commander, Colonel Donald Jolly Sr.
Col. Jolly is a Texoma local and graduated from Eisenhower High School in Lawton.
"It's a joyous occasion to be around family again," Col. Jolly.
He's taking over for Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty who's going to become the 19th Air Force commander in San Antonio.
Col. Jolly says he expects a growth in military service men and women in the Air Force. He says he's not worried about a shortage of pilots.
"We are doing the right thing," Col. Jolly said. "We've increased the pipeline and so we're helping. we're proponents of that."
He says he's encouraged by the relationship between Wichita County and Sheppard Air Force Base.
"You can't ask for anything more than that because they're providing great support to our airmen and that's what it's all about," Col. Jolly said.
Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said he's impressed with Col. Jolly and expects the tradition of great leadership at Sheppard Air Force Base to continue.
"I spoke with the deputy commander and a couple of others that have known him for a period of time and they are looking forward to working with him," Judge Gossom said.
Colonel Jolly's highly decorated military record includes being awarded the Defense Superior Service medal and the Bronze Star.