Col. Glen D. VanHerck has been the 7th Bomb Wing Commander at Dyess Air Force Base for two weeks.
KTXS talked with him for the first time about the changes he faces in the future.
Col. VanHerck said the hospitality he's received in Abilene has been wonderful and the community has given him a warm welcome.
VanHerck has flown and been an instructor pilot in the F-15, B-2 and T-6. He has also been a Weapons School Instructor, Dyess is home to the B-1 Weapon School a prestigious school many pilots and weapon systems officers hope to attend.
His new job is to take care of more than 12,000 active duty members civilian employees and family members.
"I'm fairly comfortable with my role as the installation commander at Dyess and I understand my role within the community," VanHerck said.
Changes could be coming for this new commander. According to President Barack Obama's new military strategy plan, it pivots missions from Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific and could include the B-1 bomber.
"What will change is some of our training, some of our intelligence focus," VanHerck said. "We may shift towards not a specific country in Asia, but rather Asia as a whole."
Currently of the three B-1 squadrons there is always one deployed to the Middle East. VanHerck said the Asia region is growing rapidly, but will they shift their deployments to Asia?
"There's going to be many challenges in that region," VanHerck said. "We will look based on the guidance we get from higher head quarters. I see our mission continuing for at least the up coming year in the Middle East."
Col. Glen VanHerck will face the challenges at Dyess for the next two years.