OGDEN & LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Friday marks a New Era for Hill Air Force Base. The second female in the Base's history was named the new commander. Her name is Colonel Katheryn L. Kolbe
"You have been tested under fire and you've aced every one of those tests," said Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield who is the Commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center.
Kolbe's leadership will likely take Hill Air Force Base through down sizing as President Obama cuts $500 billion in military spending over the next ten years.
She has a 22 year of experience in the Air Force serving in Europe, the Pacific, and in Iraq two different times.
Her decisions will impact 24,000 employees and repairs on our nation's defense tools including F 16's, F 22's, F 35's and C 130's, but does it matter that the new commander is female?
"The fact that their females is exciting however, I see them as airmen leaders," said Airmen, Liz Cloyd.
"I think it opens the doors wide for females and it allows us to have someone to look up to as a female officer," said Airmen, Krystal Labonte (women are called air men in the Air Force).
The men on the base who talked with ABC 4 were quick to embrace a female leader.
"Women they offer a softer side and sometimes a more rigorous side. I think they are as capable as any man," said airmen, Eric Bornemeier.
Kolbe will command Hill Air Force Base for at least one and a half years.
Colonel Sarah F. Zabel stepped down as commander. She was highly praised for her service and told that the Base is better off now than when she took command.