Brig. Gen. Thomas R. Moore, the current commander of the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, will relinquish the reins over the unit next month before taking command of the Georgia Air National Guard. Moore will officially turn over the unit to Col. Jeffrey A. Herd during a ceremony July 8.
The 116th Air Control Wing is best known for its domain over the Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, or JSTARS. The 116th is among Robins’ most deployed units, sending its JSTARS in continual missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.
For now, the commander of the 116th will oversee about 2,500 active duty and National Guard airmen, as well as a small number of Army soldiers.
Earlier this month, the 116th announced that it would separate its active duty and National Guard elements later this summer, ending its “blended” structure. When the unit splits, Herd will retain command of the active duty airmen currently under the 116th but lose the roughly 1,100 Air National Guard airmen currently in the unit’s ranks.
Herd is currently the commander of the 55th Operations Group at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
He has served a tour once before at Robins.
Moore has been the commander of the 116th since July 2007, when he was a colonel. He will take command of the Georgia Air National Guard in a ceremony late next month.
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