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South Carolina Change of Command

posted Mar 31, 2013, 1:11 PM by Mary Giles   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 8:46 AM by System Administrator ]
(From Left to Right - Col Larry Ragland, Col David Crawford, Col Jay Lindler, Col Frances Smith)
(From Left to Right - Col Larry Ragland, Col David Crawford, Col Jay Lindler, Col Francis Smith)

West Columbia, SC – The room was buzzing with electricity as the new SCWG Commander, Col Francis Smith, made his first remarks after assuming command of the 935 members of the South Carolina Wing. Col Smith laid out his strategic plan for the next four years, which includes readiness and training for Air Force authorized missions, increased cadet activities and more professional development training.

Col Smith assumes command from Col Jay Lindler, who led the wing into the “paperless age” with innovative computer programs.  Col Larry Ragland, the Middle East Region Commander, presided over the ceremony.  Notable guests included Col David Crawford, the North Carolina Wing Commander and Col Hartsell Rogers, former South Carolina Wing Commander.

“We are ready to hit the ground running” stated Lt Col Arthur Giles, SCWG Chief of Staff.  “We are in the middle of our Compliance Inspection and have identified some areas that need some work, as well as several areas that are at the top of the game.”

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