COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force Academy Cadet Wing is now under new leadership. Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin is assuming command from Brig. Gen. Stephen Williams overseeing the 4,000 member cadet wing.
Gen. Goodwin was nominated by the President, and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate to receive this distinct honor.
"I can't think of any other place I'd rather be," she said.
Gen. Goodwin attributes much of her success to her family.
"They have been my role models, they embody patriotism and what it means to sacrifice for our nation," said Goodwin.
Gen. Goodwin graduated from the Academy in 1993 where she studied mechanical engineering. She's a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in various aircrafts. Previously, she served as senior military assistant to the secretary of the Air Force.
In her new role, Goodwin will command the 4,000-member cadet wing and staff to manage the cadets' military training, logistics and facilities.
Some of her top priorities for training is to focus on developing the cadet's as leaders of character.
"It was an academy graduate from the class of 1993 who identified and destroyed a vehicle born IED in Afghanistan in less than two minutes," Goodwin said.
Gen. Goodwin's term is set for two years, but can change depending on the needs of the Air Force.