55th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 21, 2017
Col. Michael Manion (left), 55th Wing commander, passes the 55th Electronic Combat Group guidon to Col. Phil Acquaro who assumed command of the unit July 10, 2017 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo)
In a time-honored change of command ceremony, Col. Ryan Rogers relinquished command of the 55th ECG to the 55th Wing commander, Col. Michael Manion. Col. Phillip Acquaro then accepted the group guidon from Col. Manion signifying his assumption of command.
As the 55th ECG commander, Acquaro will oversee five squadrons of more than 800 Airmen that provide combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, aircrew and maintainers for worldwide expeditionary deployments in support of unified combatant commanders.
Acquaro most recently served at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart Germany as the operations directorate, current actions branch chief, United States European Command Headquarters. He is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and a master navigator with more than 2,500 flying hours.