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The 46th Test Group transitions to the 96th
U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Webb, 96th Test Group commander, and Senior Master Sgt. Raul Cabral, 96th Test Group superintendent, cover the 46th Test Group's guidon to symbolize its de-activation at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 1. The 96th Test Group was redesigneted to take the place of the 46th Test Group at Holloman AFB. The 96th Test Group will maintain the same mission and manning as the 46th Test Group, but under a different designation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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The 46th Test Group transitions to the 96th

Posted 10/5/2012   Updated 10/5/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class Colin Cates
49th Wing Public Affairs


10/5/2012 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- After 20 years, the 46th Test Group deactivated here Oct. 1.

The group was simultaneously redesignated as the 96th Test Group, which was established at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in July 2012, as part of a command-wide consolidation effort by Air Force Materiel Command.

"At Eglin AFB, there is the 46th Air Base Wing and the 96th Air Base Wing. [The command] combined the two wings to make the 96th Test Wing," said Charles Webb, 96th Test Group commander. "When the new 96th Test Wing was activated it was apparent that our tenant unit here would follow the new parent organization name."

As part of the transition from 46th Test Group, which was overseen by Air Armament Center, the 96th Test Group will fall under the Air Force Test Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., said Webb.

"The new command structure will improve the way it accomplishes its diverse mission and will provide better support to the warfighter," said Webb.

Air Force Materiel Command transitioned the new command structure in response to a Department of Defense challenge to find efficiencies and save tax dollars.

"The 96th Test Group is a remarkable team doing incredible things for the nation, and I am very excited to be part of everything that we are developing here," said Webb.



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