The U.S. military’s Alaskan Command has a new head, after a change of command ceremony in Anchorage.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere took over the Alaskan Command Friday morning at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, who is becoming deputy commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

Bussiere was most recently head of the Eighth Air Force, based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, as well as the base’s Joint-Global Strike Operations Center.

Friday’s ceremony was overseen by NORAD head Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, as well as Pacific Air Forces head Gen. C.Q. Brown.

The Alaskan Command, part of U.S. Northern Command, oversees operations in Alaska involving more than 22,000 service members, in addition to 4,700 Guardsmen and reservists.

Bussiere’s arrival follows last month’s installation of JBER’s first female commander, Air Force Col. Patricia A. Csànk.

Kevin Kelleher contributed information to this story.

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