Rome, NY (WIBX) - There's a new leader of the Eastern Air Defense Sector headquartered at Griffis Business and Technology Park in Rome. New York Air National Guard, Colonel Dawne Deskins has officially taken over the helm at EADS, as the first female commander of the unit. The change of command ceremony took place earlier today at the Air Force Research Lab in Rome.

Col. Deskins is replacing retiring Col. John Bartholf. EADS supports the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, with national security concerns on a federal level. To learn more about Col. Deskins or EADS, visit,