140th Wing gets new 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Operational Support Squadron Commanders
By Capt. Kristin Haley, 140th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 20, 2008
Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. -- "One of the many great things about the Colorado Air National Guard is certain - when a great leaders leaves, the 140th Wing always has an equally talented officer to take their place," said Brig. Gen. Trulan Eyre, 140th Wing Commander.
The seats were filled to capacity with faces from all over the 140th Wing to take part in the 120th Fighter Squadron and 140th Operational Support Squadron change of command ceremony here June 7th.
Lt. Col. Timothy "Conk" Conklin, 140th Wing Chief of Safety, took command of the 140th Operations Support Squadron, the only one of its kind in the Air National Guard, from Lt. Col. Brian "TA" Patterson.
Patterson leaves the Operational Support Squadron to lead the 140th Wing Safety Office.
It's about the people who make your legacy," said Patterson as he expressed his thanks and gratitude to his squadron members and family. As the colonel faced members of his former squadron he thanked them for their support and service to their country and everything they do for the 140th Wing.
Patterson relinquished his command and Conklin took center stage to formally accept his new position.
"I appreciate the trust you've placed in me and the opportunity for leadership. I won't disappoint you, or more importantly, those you've entrusted in my command" said Conklin. "I'm proud to lead one of the most diverse squadrons in the Air National Guard and honored to be your commander."
He continued to express thanks to not only his new family, but his wife, Emily, and former commanders who have supported him along the way.
The Operational Support Squadron Change of Command was immediately followed by the 120th Fighter Squadron "REDEYES" Change of Command.
Lt. Col. Floyd "Sumo" Dunstan, 120th Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, took command of the "REDEYES" from Lt. Col. James "Homey" Fogle.
Fogle leaves the 120th Fighter squadron to take the helm as the new 140th Wing Chief of Plans.
Fogle thanked his former director of operations for his service and support. "Your accomplishments speak volumes to your excellence. Under you leadership and direction, the squadron has made huge strides. I have sincere respect and appreciation for what you have done for the squadron," said Fogle. He continued to thank the maintenance professionals for their support and looks forward to service working in wing plans and programs.
Fogle formally relinquished command and Dunstan took center stage at last.
"I will do my best to maintain the traditions, excellence and standards of Colonel Fogle. You have been a great leader, mentor and friend," said Dunstan. "This is the greatest job in the world and I couldn't ask to lead a more talented and hardworking squadron."
"You are gaining two leaders of extraordinary talent. Both of these individuals bring a unique blend of experience and expertise to his new command, and I know we will see great things," said Eyre.