116th slated to get new commander

wcrenshaw@macon.comSeptember 23, 2012 

The 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base is getting a new commander soon.

According to a release, Col. Kevin Clotfelter will assume command from Brig. Gen. William Welsh. Clotfelter currently serves at the 116th Operations Group Commander.

He was tapped for the position by Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Georgia National Guard adjutant general.

Welsh was the first to serve as the 116th commander after the blended unit was separated to include the active-duty 461th Air Control Wing. The two wings together operate the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.

Welsh has served in the National Guard for 16 years and now will serve as mobilization assistant to the deputy commander in the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, U.S. Strategic Command, at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.

The change of command ceremony will be held Oct. 25 at the Museum of Aviation Century of Flight Hangar. More details will be released later.

Job fair for Guard members

A job fair for Georgia National Guard members will be held in Forsyth on Wednesday.

Georgia Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth has made it his top priority to help Guard members find jobs, according to a release.

That has sparked a joint effort with all state law enforcement agencies to hold a job fair at the old Tift College Campus, 300 Patrol Road. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are about 800 jobs available, including administration, cook supervisors, maintenance, transportation, correctional officer, probation officer, state trooper, counselor, engineer, information technology, communications, public affairs and more.

Agencies hiring include the Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Georgia Public Safety, GBI and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Stolen Valor Act revived

A new attempt is being made to pass legislation that will allow prosecution of those who falsely claim to hold military honors.

On Sept. 13, according to a story in the Air Force Times, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Stolen Valor Act of 2012. It more narrowly defines the offense by making it illegal to profit from having falsely claimed to have received a military medal.

The previous version made the claim itself illegal, and the Supreme Court ruled that violated free speech.

It doesn’t cover every military medal, but the major ones to include the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, Navy Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart and combat badges.

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