Air Force colonel to become JBER’s first female commander

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 06:45

Air Force Col. Patricia Csank is about to make Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson history.

On Friday, Csank will become the base’s first female commander when she takes over command of the Air Force’s 673rd Air Base Wing during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the base. The 673rd Air Base Wing is responsible for installation management on the joint base, which was formed in 2005 when Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Garrison combined into a single entity. According to JBER, the 673rd maintains an $11.4 billion infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres north of Anchorage.

Csank take over command from Col. George Dietrich, who is heading to Fort Bragg to become Director of Logistics, Special Operations Command.

Csank most recently served at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where she was the Commander of the 635th Supply Operations Chain. She commissioned in 1997 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Archeology from Boston University. Csank has a Master’s of Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Master’s of Science from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University. She previously served on JBER from August, 2010 until June, 2013 as Commander of the 673rd Logistics Readiness Squadron and Commander of the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. She was promoted to Colonel on May 1, 2016.

Originally from Dorchester, Mass., Csank is married to Tibor Csank. The couple has a son named Aidan.

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