189th MSG and FSS, 154th TRS see changes of command

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  • By Master Sgt. Chris Durney
  • 189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The 189th Airlift Wing saw three changes of command over three days this month as recent changes at the state level ripple through the Air Guard and the wing.

On Friday, March 6, Lt. Col. Tom Parker took the reins of the 189th Airlift Wing's 154th Training Squadron during a change of command ceremony in building 118.  Lt. Col. Don Clark relinquished command of the wing's flying squadron, which is tasked with the base's formal training unit mission in the legacy C-130 aircraft.

On Saturday, March 7, Lt. Col. Patty Clements passed command of the 189th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. David Allen during a ceremony in the Operations building auditorium.  Clements moves on as the deputy commander of the Mission Support Group, while Allen is now charges with guiding the wing's human resources functions for Guardsmen.

The weekend culminated with the Mission Support Group change of command on the afternoon of Sunday, March 8 in the 189th Airlift Wing's hangar.  Lt. Col. Don Clark accepted command of the group from Col. Tamhra Hutchins-Frye, who is moving on as the Arkansas National Guard's chief of the joint staff under new Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Mark Berry.  The Mission Support Group includes the Force Support Squadron, the Civil Engineering Squadron, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Security Forces Squadron, and the Communications Flight.