AFRL Detachment 7 welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle

Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander of Air Force Research Laboratory, transfers the AFRL Detachment 7 guidon and leadership to Lt. Col. Robert Volesky during an assumption of commander ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Aug. 27. (Air Force courtesy photo)

Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander of Air Force Research Laboratory, congratulate Lt. Col. Robert Volesky, after he assumed command of AFRL Detachment 7 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Aug. 27. (Air Force courtesy photo)

Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander of Air Force Research Laboratory, congratulate Lt. Col. Robert Volesky, after he assumed command of AFRL Detachment 7 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Aug. 27. (Air Force courtesy photo)

Lt. Col. Robert Volesky, Air Force Research Laboratory Detachment 7 Commander. (Air Force courtesy photo).

Lt. Col. Robert Volesky, Air Force Research Laboratory Detachment 7 Commander. (Air Force courtesy photo).

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Lt. Col. Robert Volesky assumed command of Air Force Research Laboratory Detachment 7 during an assumption of command ceremony at the AFRL Rocket Lab on Edwards Air Force Base, California, on 27 Aug. 27.

Volesky, a U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School alum, returns to Edwards after his most recent tour serving with Air Force Futures (Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration & Requirements) at the Pentagon and is now responsible for the health, good order, and discipline of over 40 military personnel at the Lab's $10.2 billion, 65-square mile research site. In addition to serving as Detachment 7 commander, Volesky is now also the Chief of the AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate’s Site Support Division, in which he directs safety, logistics, security, and support activities in support of the largest Research, Development, Test & Evaluation rocket development site in the world. 

The AFRL Rocket Lab has developed propulsion technology for nearly every rocket-propelled system used in today’s space and missile operations. The Lab boasts $150 million assets coupled with over 500 military, civilian, and contractor scientists and engineers. Among its personnel’s many activities are high altitude spacecraft propulsion tests, testing of solid rocket motors, advanced liquid rocket engine firings, and propellant development. Additionally, the site lends its subject matter expertise and test facilities to its partnerships with 15 commercial space launch companies.  

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