127th Airlift Group Changes Command
February 12, 2006
SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, MI. - Michigan Air National Guard's 127thAirlift Group held a change of command ceremony today as Lt. Col. Michael Thomas assumed command from Colonel David Miller in front of a formation of the group's C-130 pilots, navigators, loadmasters, maintenance and support personnel. Miller has transitioned to the position of 127th Wing Vice Commander.
The airlift group consists of over 400
military personnel and 8 C-130E
His military career began in 1976 as a C-130
Loadmaster with the 305th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. After
approximately 18 years with the Air Force Reserves, Lt. Col. Thomas
transitioned to the 171st Airlift Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard in
1994. As part of the 171stAirlift Squadron, Lt. Col. Thomas served as a
Flight Commander and Chief of Scheduling. During this time he focused on
personnel enhancement and equipment modernization.
A command pilot with over 4,000 hours flight time, Lt. Col. Thomas maintains proficiency as a tactically qualified C-130E instructor pilot. Lt. Col. Thomas has participated in three combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraq Freedom.
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