New ECG commander has deep roots with unit

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The 55th Electronic Combat Group, a geographically separated unit here assigned to the 55th Wing, welcomed its newest commander July 10.

In a time-honored change of command ceremony with a modern twist, Col. George Cundiff, Jr., took the guidon from Col. Philip Acquaro with Col. Gavin Marks, 55th Wing commander, serving as presiding official electronically.

“(Cundiff) brings tremendous operational experience to the job of Jammer 01,” Marks said. “It’s because of these experiences and more that I am exceedingly confident that (he) is the right leader at the right time to bring fresh perspective, tremendous breadth and amazing operational insights to the 55th Electronic Combat Group.”

Cundiff has spent 11 of his 22 years at Davis-Monthan flying the EC-130H. In addition, he’s been a member of the 41st and 43rd Electronic Combat Squadrons, commanded the 42nd ECS and served on the ECG staff during his career.

“I’m sincerely humbled and honored to be here,” he said. “When I left two years ago I really didn’t think I’d have to another opportunity to be part of the electronic combat group … so I cannot tell you how excited I am to be here.”

As the 55th ECG commander, Cundiff will oversee five squadrons of more than 800 Airmen who provide combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, aircrew and maintainers for worldwide expeditionary deployments in support of unified combatant commanders. He will also oversee the unit’s transition to the new EC-37B.

“I’m keenly aware of just how lucky I am to have the opportunity to work with the best group in the Air Force,” he said. “You have my word I will remain dedicated to you and your family as we accomplish our unique mission.”

Acquaro will retire from the Air Force after more than 25 years of service.

“The last three years have been absolutely amazing,” he said. “The ECG is the best command in the Air Force.”

“(Acquaro) has been a consummate professional, a true warrior and courageous leader, and I truly hope our paths cross again in this lifetime,” Marks said. “We wish you all nothing but the very best in the future.”