By Col. Jacob L. Hammons, 152nd Airlift Wing
/ Published April 30, 2021
Col. Jacob Hammons BIO Photo
May is set to be an exciting and productive drill! Spring is certainly here, and the warmer weather and weeds growing in the parade field remind us all that this is the season of change, where new possibilities abound and our hope for a return to “normal” life after COVID seems ever closer. It almost seems fitting then, that I write this month’s NOTAM to inform you of the upcoming changes in the Wing starting in June.
As many of you are aware, I will be departing the fix after June drill to assume a new role in the Pentagon in Air Force Futures. Sydney-Ann and I are very excited for this next chapter in our Air Force adventure, but are sad to leave so many caring and wonderful people that have made us feel at home here in Reno. I will speak more about what the Wing has meant to us in the future and hope to speak to many of you in person with the time I have left here. As you saw, I am inviting anyone to participate in a quick 360 feedback session with me, whether in a small group on 1 on 1.
Col. Jeremy Ford will be replacing me as the Wing Commander. In his short time as the Maintenance Group Commander, Col. Ford has impressed me with his leadership ability and organizational knowledge. He brings vast expertise in the C-130 community as well as the Readiness Center Staff to the fight, qualities which will serve the Wing well as we continue to compete to be relevant for today’s and tomorrow’s fight. In short, he is the right person at the right time to take the Wing to the next level, and I have the utmost confidence in handing the flag over to him on June 4. His wife, Melissa, and four children, are also an amazing team and will support our High Roller members and families in exceptional fashion.
As Col. Ford vacates the MXG, we welcome Lt. Col. Jason Sander as he takes command of the Maintenance Group. Lt. Col. Sander is coming to us from in-residence professional military education (PME) at the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School. He has served in a variety of capacities, including 6 years on Active Duty before transferring to the Guard and has served as a Maintenance Squadron Commander, as well as a number of positions on the Staff, most recently on the Joint Staff. Lt. Col. Sander will be arriving later this summer and at that time, we will hold an assumption of command.
May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. In 1978, Congress designated May to coincide with the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and the contributions of Chinese workers to completing the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The Executive Champion for this special observance month is Col. Ford, and we look forward to the exciting events that can help us celebrate and better support our AAPI members.
There are a few initiatives I will be closing out over the next weeks, including: unveiling the results of our latest Strategic Offsite and changes to our Strategic Plan, finishing the buildout of the Spark Cell and completing as many 360 feedback sessions with Airmen as possible. I will also be spending as much time “out and about” as I can – so I hope to see you on base and hear how everything is going.
Have a great drill!
Livin’ High, Flyin’ Low,