Robins wing welcomes new commander

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Chris Davis became the new commander of the 330th Aircraft Sustaintment Wing and the 542nd Combat Sustainment Wing during a Friday morning ceremony at the Museaum of Aviation.

Davis succeeds Col. Tim Freeman, who commanded the wings since October of 2009. Freeman has been reassigned to the Pentagon.

“It’s the incoming commander’s day, not my day,” a gracious Freeman said.

Davis, a former speechwriter for Gen. Tommy Franks, noted that his new position is a bit of a homecoming. Like his new boss, Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Davis graduated from Florida State University.

He has also had several assignments within a few hundred miles of Robins Air Force Base.

“I always said the Air Force would bring us back to Middle Georgia,” Davis said.

Davis spent much of 2007 and 2008 in Afghanistan directing logistics out of Kabul. His most recent assignment was Hill Air Force Base in Utah, commanding the 538th Aircraft Sustainment Group.

The position for Davis is unlike most commands in the Air Force. By Freeman’s estimation, 92 percent of the personnel under the 330th Aircraft Sustainment and the 542nd Combat Sustainment wings are civilians.

The nature of the wing lent itself to an odd sight at the ceremony: About two dozen civilian employees, dressed in blue slacks and white polo shirts, stood in formation alongside the 330th and 542nd’s airmen.

“We call everyone in this business airmen,” Peyer said during her brief remarks at the beginning of the change of command ceremony.

Davis will be the final commander of the 330th Aircraft Sustainment and 542nd Combat Sustainment wings. The two wings are slated to merge into one, to be called the 330th Aerospace Sustainment Wing, this summer.

To contact military writer Thomas L. Day, 744-4489.