sm200912-Z-YU276-003Col. Adria Zuccaro gives remarks during her assumption of command ceremony at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Milwaukee, Sept. 12, 2020. During her speech Zuccaro referenced innovation and diversity, two elements of the strategic approach laid out by Gen. Charles Brown, Air Force Chief of Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madison Knabe)

MILWAUKEE — The 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, welcomed Col. Adria Zuccaro as the new wing commander during an assumption of command ceremony here Sep. 12, 2020.

Brig. Gen. David May, Wisconsin’s Deputy Adjutant General for Air, presided over the ceremony which appointed Zuccaro as the 13th wing commander, and the first female wing commander of the 128th Air Refueling Wing.

An assumption of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit to a commanding officer

sm200912-Z-YU276-002Col. Adria Zuccaro assumes command of the 128Air Refueling Wing during a ceremony at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Milwaukee, Sept. 12, 2020. An assumption of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit to a commanding officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madison Knabe)

May said, “with empowerment and trust comes accountability...your new commander [Col. Zuccaro] is all about this.”

Zuccaro takes command of the 128th Air Refueling Wing after completing a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellowship. The program established by the Secretary of Defense in 1994 is a key part of the Department of Defense strategy to achieve its transformational goals.

Previous to serving as an executive fellow, Zuccaro served as the commander of the 128th Operations Support Squadron.

sm200912-Z-YU276-001Brig. Gen. David May, Wisconsin's deputy adjutant general for Air, speaks during the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, assumption of command ceremony at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Milwaukee, Sept. 12, 2020. Col. Adria Zuccaro assumed command of the 128 ARW after previously serving as the commander of the 128th Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madison Knabe)

Zucarro gave remarks during the ceremony, speaking on the need for leadership to foster trust among airmen. Col. Zuccaro said, “Our foundation must be dignity and respect, or we will never achieve trust. Diversity is an advantage.”

As the first female wing commander of the 128th Air Refueling wing, Zuccaro becomes the first female to command a Wisconsin Air National Guard wing in its 80 year history.

In her address to the 128th Air Refueling Wing Airmen, Zuccaro expressed her aspirations about the future of the wing and her dedication to her airmen.

“The airmen of the 128th [ARW] have always pushed boundaries," Zuccaro said. "There is no limit to what the future can be.”

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