First woman commander of the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base

Updated: Jul. 10, 2017 at 5:47 PM EDT
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - It was a historic day at Moody Air Force Base, as the 23rd Wing got it's first ever female commander.

Colonel Jennifer M. Short officially took over as commander of the 23rd Wing this morning.

The 23rd wing is home to the Air Force's legendary "Flying Tigers," which consists of six groups....with 30 squadrons of more than 5,000 Airmen and over a 1,000 civilian employees.

Short said she is excited to become a member of not only Moody Air Force Base, but also Valdosta.

"Their incredibly welcoming. I mean, just going to Target and going through the line folks are "Hey welcome to Valdosta" and the folks here at the 23rd Wing again just an incredible welcome as my family and I came into town and have been so help to make sure that we can get settled and have everything that we need and their all excited to get to know us and include us and everything. It was just the warmest welcome we could have had," said Short.

Colonel Short said she is ready for her team to get work as soon as possible.

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