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96th Test Wing to welcome new commander at Eglin Air Force Base on July 3

The 96th Test Wing will hold a change of command ceremony on July 3 at 9:06 a.m. Col. Mark Massaro will assume command from Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Geraghty.
(left) Col. Mark Massaro addresses the 495th Fighter Group during a change of command ceremony in 2022 and (right) Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Geraghty, 96th Test Wing commander, speaks during Wreaths Across America Dec. 16 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Satran and U.S. Air Force photo/Jaime Bishopp)

The 96th Test Wing will hold a change of command ceremony on July 3 at 9:06 a.m., with Maj. Gen. Evan Dertien, Air Force Test Center commander, presiding.

  • Col. Mark Massaro will assume command from Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Geraghty.

Col. Massaro, a distinguished graduate from Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 165 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, currently commands a Data Masked organization. In his role, he oversees military and civilian personnel, as well as project contractors, and manages $10 billion in resources across multiple locations.

  • Prior to the ceremony, Massaro will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

Geraghty, the outgoing commander, is set to take on a new role at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He will serve as the Director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and the Director of International Affairs for Air Force Materiel Command.

As a senior pilot, Geraghty was no stranger to the 96th TW’s mission when he took command in 2022. The veteran was both an F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon test pilot as well as a flight commander within the 40th Flight Test Squadron here.

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