Brigadier General John Teichert has been made commander of the US Air Force’s 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base.
Teichert has recently served as commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He graduated from US Air Force Test Pilot School at the Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in December 2003. He later commanded the 411th Flight Test Squadron and was director of the F-22 Combined Test Force.
Speaking during the change of command ceremony, Teichert said, “On Monday afternoon, my family and I drove through the north gate. We saw that large brown sign that said Edwards Air Force Base and I was overwhelmed, humbled and amazed that I was back home at the center of the aerospace testing universe.”
Teichart succeeds Ellen Schaefer as Commander. Schaefer, who has retired, was in charge at Edwards for the past three years.
Teichert will command a wing of more than 8,000 personnel in the developmental test and evaluation of the F-35, KC-46, F-22, F-16, B-1, B-2, B-52, C-17, C-130, KC-135, Global Hawk, joint remotely piloted aircraft and emerging technologies.
Additionally, Teichert is the installation commander responsible for operating the base and supporting more than 11,000 military members and their families, civil service members and defense contractors on the second largest base in the U.S. Air Force.
“We are all here to make sure we test tomorrow’s technology today, for the warfighter,” Teichert said. “As you undoubtedly know, this place, Edwards Air Force Base and the 412th Test Wing, is world renowned because of what you do for the warfighter. I deeply look forward to serving alongside of you over the course of the next few years.”