10/4/2007 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- After 13
years, a brigadier general returned to Edwards on
Wednesday to assume command of the Air Force Flight
Brig. Gen. David Eichhorn was first stationed here in
1985 to attend the U.S Air Force Test Pilot School. He
later returned in 1994 to be the 452nd Flight Test
General Eichhorn assumed command from Maj. Gen.
Curtis Bedke during a change of command ceremony at
hangar 1600 on Wednesday.
The general brings a wide range of experience to the
center with his knowledge in test policy and resource
allocation, flight management, aircraft control
services and command and control operations.
The general's main goals are to support the Global
War on Terror, build and support Edwards Airmen, and
As the new AFFTC commander, General Eichhorn hopes to
continue pushing forward the many great things
accomplished at Edwards.
"I am taking over a very healthy organization that
General Bedke has led," said General Eichhorn. "I owe
many thanks to him and to the team for what they have
already done here. I just want to continue what
General Bedke started and move it further."
Since his last assignment here, General Eichhorn said
Edwards has visibly changed.
"The base is building great new houses," said General
Eichhorn. "It is obvious that we are taking the
quality of life for our folks very seriously."
General Eichhorn said that one of his main priorities
while in command is taking care of the people of
"We need to work as a team, cover each other's
weaknesses and exploit each others strengths," General
Eichhorn said. "We need to get the job done together.
Since we are out in the middle of nowhere, we need the
support of one another."
In his first order of business, General Eichhorn
wants to prioritize the different programs currently
on the table.
"I know I am going to have a really terrific staff
here," General Eichhorn said. "They have a lot of
knowledge about the current operations."
The general said he is ecstatic to be back.
"Edwards is the pinnacle of the test pilot world,"
General Eichhorn said. "Words can't adequately
describe it. It is a fantastic place, and to be in
charge of it is a dream come true."
Prior to his assignment here, General Eichhorn was
the director of Air, Space and Information Operations
in Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio. He is a command pilot with more than
5,700 flight hours and has flown more than 40 aircraft
including fighters, trainers, tankers, transport and
Source: USAF Edwards AFB Press Release by Airman
1st Class Stacy Sanchez