94th CES welcomes new commander

Maj. Joseph Thomas, right, assumes command of the 94th Civil Engineer Squadron from Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Mission Support Group commander, during a ceremony at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia on Oct. 15, 2017. Thomas said he hopes earn the new title in the eyes of the Airmen he is charged to lead every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaimi L. Upthegrove)

Maj. Joseph Thomas, right, assumes command of the 94th Civil Engineer Squadron from Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Mission Support Group commander, during a ceremony at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia on Oct. 15, 2017. Thomas said he hopes earn the new title in the eyes of the Airmen he is charged to lead every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaimi L. Upthegrove)

Maj. Joseph Thomas, 94th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, addresses the audience during an assumption of command ceremony at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia on Oct. 15, 2017. After officially assuming command of the squadron, his daughters Caroline and Marjorie Thomas joined him while he addressed the crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaimi L. Upthegrove)

Maj. Joseph Thomas, 94th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, addresses the audience during an assumption of command ceremony at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia on Oct. 15, 2017. After officially assuming command of the squadron, his daughters Caroline and Marjorie Thomas joined him while he addressed the crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaimi L. Upthegrove)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. – Maj. Joseph Thomas received command of the 94th Civil Engineer Squadron from Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Mission Support Group commander, in an assumption of command ceremony here Oct. 15.

Hughes said Thomas has proven his resiliency, adaptability and reliability and he knows that Thomas will lead the squadron to a culture of achievement.

Thomas has served with distinction and was a clear choice for the highest leadership position in the squadron, said Hughes.

“I’m positive that he will take us to that next level of success,” Hughes said. “He has been the acting commander and has proven that this is and will be the place for Airmen of all ranks to serve and grow.”

During the ceremony Thomas said that if it wasn’t for his parents’ guidance and his wife and children’s support, he wouldn’t be the man he is today. Shortly after he got up to speak, his young daughters Caroline and Marjorie Thomas joined him in demonstrating that point.

Thomas said in his position it’s his job to provide the members of the squadron what they need to accomplish the mission, and if they didn’t have what they needed, then he would be failing as a leader.

“Every day I want to earn my leadership,” Thomas said. “Every day I want to show you that I deserve to be your leader and earn this title.”