Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman became the fifth commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) at a change of command ceremony on June 6, 2018. Lenderman takes over for Brig. Gen. Heather L. Pringle, who led JBSA and the 502nd ABW since August 2016. She served as a command pilot logging more than 3,000 flight hours in the KC-135 R/T, KC-10 and C-17A. The general has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. “This is such an honor and I am grateful for this opportunity. I am so proud to take command from such a great leader and dear friend as General Pringle,” Lenderman said about assuming the mantle of leadership at the Department of Defense’s largest joint base, which was activated Aug. 1, 2009, as a result of a recommendation by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.