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Sheppard Air Force Base welcomes new wing commander General Filcek as Dietrich moves on

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — After just one year of leadership, the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base went through another change of command.

At the SAFB’s Change of Command ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2024, Brigadier General and former Commander of the 82nd Training Wing George Dietrich spoke highly of his successor.

“He is somebody who has dedicated his entire life to the development of airmen. And if that’s not the most qualified person that can lead this wing, I don’t know what is,” Dietrich said.

His successor, Brigadier General Paul Filcek, comes to Sheppard Air Force Base after a long career in maintenance, logistics, and other fields, working with 24 different aircraft.

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He said he believes his wide range of experience will allow him to effectively lead the 82nd Training Wing.

“It’s hard to be on the ramp. It’s hard to be a civil engineer. It’s hard to be an aircraft maintainer,” Filcek said. “The demands on these airmen are crazy, and the demands on the officers who are in charge of these airmen in our service who are trained here as well, are very high. And so, to have lived both of those sides of the equation before this event or before this position is off the charts.”

Filcek has spent time at bases across the globe including stops at Ramstein Airbase in Germany as the Commander of the 86th Maintenance Group. He was also Commander of the 72nd Air Base Wing at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

Filcek said he believes, though, that the timing of him taking the position at Sheppard Air Force Base is perfect.

“To actually have this happen looking backwards, it’s absolutely the right thing at the right time for me and my family,” Filcek said. “And it is like General Dietrich said in the Change of Command speech, it almost feels like I was engineered for this position over all these years, so it’s very exciting.”

As Filcek takes over at Sheppard, Dietrich’s next stop will be Stuttgart, Germany, as the Director of Logistics for U.S. Africa Command.

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