437th Airlift Wing to welcome new commander

Source: militarybases.com
Source: militarybases.com

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston will hold a ceremony Friday to welcome a new commander.

Col. Darren Hartford is scheduled to take over for Col. Erik Hansen in a formal change of command ceremony on Friday, October 5 at the base. Col. Hansen is transferring to Headquarters U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany after being in command of the 437th Airlift Wing since May 2011.

Col. Hartford currently serves as the assistant director of operations at Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, Illinois. He will take command immediately following Friday's ceremony.

The 437th Airlift Wing provides airland or airdrop of military personnel and equipment worldwide. Under Col. Hansen, the win performed more than 31,378 missions flying 77,775 hours, carrying 410,579 passengers and 341,405 tons of cargo.

The ceremony will be officiated by Lt. Gen. Darren W. McDew, Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Illinois.

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