2017-07-12 / Front Page

Lt. Col. Slade Burke takes command of the 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron


The 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) reins of control transferred during a recent change of command ceremony. Shown, from left, during the ceremony are Col. Michael Zuhlsdorf, 8th Mission Support Group Commander; Lt. Col. Mike McLeod, the 8 LRS commander; and Lt. Col. Slade Burke, of Millen, who assumed command of the 8 LRS on June 29. 
(Photo contributed) The 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) reins of control transferred during a recent change of command ceremony. Shown, from left, during the ceremony are Col. Michael Zuhlsdorf, 8th Mission Support Group Commander; Lt. Col. Mike McLeod, the 8 LRS commander; and Lt. Col. Slade Burke, of Millen, who assumed command of the 8 LRS on June 29. (Photo contributed) Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea -- The 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) reins of control transferred during a change of command ceremony, June 29. Lt. Col. Mike McLeod, the 8 LRS commander for the past two years, surrendered his command to Lt. Col. Slade Burke, of Millen, Georgia.

"Lt. Col. Burke needs no introduction," said Col. Michael Zuhlsdorf, 8th Mission Support Group commander, during the ceremony. "He has been a great leader in the Air Force for 30+ years in a variety of leadership roles." His many years in special operations make him a perfect nominee to enter a vital command role during these uncertain times on the Korean peninsula.

Col. Burke comes to the LRS out of the Pentagon, Washington D.C. with a broad range of Air Force specialties to help ready our Airmen to prepare for any worst-case scenario.

"Col. Burke was our top choice to take over this squadron, and I would venture to say that few units on this base own more processes than LRS," it is pivotal in sustaining the warfighting capability of the Wolfpack. "I applaud the incredible job Lt. Col McLeod has forged in the “Wraith Nation” he has led them extremely well, and I eagerly await to see the path Col. Burke will continue to pave."

As the commander of the LRS, Col. Burke, will control; base supply, air and ground transportation, fuels, vehicle maintenance, and logistics plans, the six disciplines that make up the squadron. He will also interpret policy; deliver mission readiness, direct deliberate and crisis planning, and give support to the Wolfpack wing and NATO. He will be responsible for 300 military and Korean personnel.

"To the men and women of the 8 LRS I look forward to working with and leading each of you," said Col. Burke. "As a squadron, we will face challenges and triumphs, but I know that together whatever the future brings we will be up to the task, to take the fight to the north."

Col. Burke's family was not present during the ceremony to watch him receive the guidon from Lt. Col. McLeod. They will be taking up residence in the Tampa, FL area while he serves his year tour. Lt. Col McLeod will now assume responsibilities on the Headquarters Air Force Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Lt. Col. Burke is the son of Lynn Schwonke Burke and the late Herbert Burke and the brother Chad Burke, all of Millen. (Photo contributed)

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