Imorde takes command of 123rd Force Support Squadron

By Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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Lt. Col. George Imorde III, incoming commander of the 123rd Force Support Squadron, receives the unit colors from Col. Jeffrey Peters, 123rd Support Group Commander, during a change-of-command ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 22, 2011. Outgoing commander Lt. Col. Kathryn Pfeifer (left) has been named staff support officer for Joint Forces Headquarters-Kentucky. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

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KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. George Imorde III took command of the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Force Support Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony here Oct. 22.

Imorde, who most recently served as executive staff officer for Headquarters, 123rd Airlift Wing, replaces Lt. Col. Kathryn Pfeifer, who has been named staff support officer at Joint Forces Headquarters — Kentucky. Pfeifer served as FSS commander since the unit was stood up two years ago following a merger of the mission support and services flights.

Imorde brings experience from 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Army and a previous assignment as Military Personnel Management Officer for the Kentucky Air Guard. He recently returned from a deployment to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, where he served as assistant chief of staff for a joint special operations task force.

As commander of the FSS, he will supervise personnel programs, customer service, community and family support, and quality of life programs for his fellow Airmen.

“I’ve been a staff officer for quite some time and haven’t commanded since a company command in the Army in August 2003,” Imorde said. “I’ve thirsted for the opportunity to lead again and am enthusiastic about this opportunity.”

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Members of the 123rd Force Support Squadron stand at attention during their unit’s change-of-command ceremony, held Oct. 22, 2011, at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. Lt. Col. George Imorde III is replacing Lt. Col. Kathryn Pfeifer, who has been named staff support officer for Joint Forces Headquarters-Kentucky. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

A Louisville, Ky., native, Imorde received his commission from the United States Army in 1997. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom whose decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

The 123rd Force Support Squadron is comprised of four units: the 123rd Military Personnel Flight, 123rd Services Flight, 123rd Base Education and Training Flight, and Family Services. Those units cover a broad range of functions, from personnel, family support and recruiting to the base dining facility, lodging and honor guard.

“We are largely a customer-service organization, and that will be my emphasis,” Imorde said. We will continue to take care of people and will always do the right thing for the Airmen of the 123rd Airlift Wing.”

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