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Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command commander, passes the 2nd Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd AF commander, during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. L (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command commander, passes the 2nd Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd AF commander, during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. L (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, delivers remarks during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, delivers remarks during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Todd Weyerstrass, 2nd Air Force vice commander, leads the colors onto the parade field during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by André Askew)

Col. Todd Weyerstrass, 2nd Air Force vice commander, leads the colors onto the parade field during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by André Askew)

Staff Sgt. David Edmondson, 336th Training Squadron military training leader, holds the Air Force flag during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Staff Sgt. David Edmondson, 336th Training Squadron military training leader, holds the Air Force flag during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Airman 1st Class Nicholas Lotz, 338th Training Squadron student, leads the 81st Training Group Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Airman 1st Class Nicholas Lotz, 338th Training Squadron student, leads the 81st Training Group Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Maj. Nick Moore, 335th Training Squadron comptroller training flight commander, commands a squadron of 81st Training Group Airmen during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Maj. Nick Moore, 335th Training Squadron comptroller training flight commander, commands a squadron of 81st Training Group Airmen during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Airmen from the 81st Training Group stand in formation during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Airmen from the 81st Training Group stand in formation during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Chief Master Sgt. Farrell Thomas, 2nd Air Force command chief, holds the Air Force flag during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Chief Master Sgt. Farrell Thomas, 2nd Air Force command chief, holds the Air Force flag during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)

Parade group officers salute the commander of troops during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by André Askew)

Parade group officers salute the commander of troops during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by André Askew)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, sits on stage during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, sits on stage during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen from the 81st Training Group salute during pass and review on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd Air Force during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzanna Plotnikov)
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Airmen from the 81st Training Group salute during pass and review on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd Air Force during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzanna Plotnikov)

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, delivers remarks during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd Air Force from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta.  Leahy comes to Keesler from Air University at Maxwell AFB, Ala. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, delivers remarks during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd Air Force from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. Leahy comes to Keesler from Air University at Maxwell AFB, Ala. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, outgoing 2nd Air Force commander, stands at attention during pass and review during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, outgoing 2nd Air Force commander, stands at attention during pass and review during the 2nd AF change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Distinguished visitors attend the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Distinguished visitors attend the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel applaud during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzanna Plotnikov)
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Keesler personnel applaud during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Suzanna Plotnikov)

Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Clifford, 336th Training Squadron first sergeant, fills a cup with water during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)
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Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Clifford, 336th Training Squadron first sergeant, fills a cup with water during the 2nd Air Force change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility Aug. 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd AF during the ceremony from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd Air Force from Maj. Gen. Bob LaBrutta during a change of command ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility parade field here, Aug. 23.

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, presided over the ceremony.

Second Air Force provides training for more than 265 Air Force specialties for 150,000 Defense Department and international student graduates annually.

 

Leahy is now responsible for the development, oversight and direction of all operational aspects of basic military training, initial skills training, and advanced technical training of all Air Force enlisted members and support officers.

 

Traditionally, the changing of command authority is represented symbolically by passing of the guidon. After Roberson received the guidon from LaBrutta, he passed it to Leahy. At that moment, Leahy officially took command of 2nd AF.

In his speech, Roberson praised LaBrutta, thanked him for all his great work, and introduced Leahy as the new commander.

Leahy said he and his family are excited to be at Keesler AFB.

“We call the Gulf Coast home,” Leahy said. “As a career special operations officer, I have spent a large amount of time on the Gulf Coast right down the road at Hurlbert Field, Florida. . . . So coming back to the coast feels like coming home.”

The former special operations commander said he’s looking forward to working with the members of 2nd AF.

“It’s about the people; it’s about these young Airmen that are going to continue to move on, continue to serve and continue to do great things,” he said.

Leahy previously served as commander of the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and vice commander of the Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Leahy, who describes his leadership style as very personal, said he is all about interacting with people one on one and “an absolute fan of getting out to talk with people.”

He wants Airmen to know he cares about what’s really important to them.

Leahy added that he wants to “know what [the Airmen] know, what they think they know, and what they really need in order to push forward” to accomplish the mission.