123rd Airlift Wing announces new leadership assignments

Story by Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Chief of Public Affairs

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Col. Barry Gorter has been named vice commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Philip Speck)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Col. Warren Hurst, commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, has announced new leadership assignments that will take effect here during the June Unit Training Assembly.

Col. Barry Gorter, current commander of the 123rd Operations Group, will assume the role of 123rd Airlift Wing vice commander during a ceremony to be held June 22 at 2:15 p.m. in the Fuel Cell Hangar. The outgoing vice commander, Col. Robert Hamm, will take command of the 123rd Operations Group during the same ceremony.

Gorter’s new post is a “traditional” position, which means he will fulfill vice commander duties as a drilling reservist. During the week, the day-to-day functions of vice commander will be handled by Lt. Col. Jeff Wilkinson, commander of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, who is being detailed to Wing Headquarters to serve as deputy air commander. Maj. Sean McLane will act as commander of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron in the interim.

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Lt. Col. Nick Coleman has been named commander of the 165th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Philip Speck)

Lt. Col. Nick Coleman, the current director of operations for the 165th Airlift Squadron, will assume command of the flying unit from Lt. Col. Shawn Dawley, who has been selected to complete a prestigious year-long fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. This change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for June 22 at 9 a.m. in the Aircrew Briefing Room.

Maj. Kevin Krauss will return from a year of study at National Intelligence University to assume command of the 123rd Force Support Squadron from Lt. Col. George Imorde, who has been selected to attend Air War College in residence. The FSS change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for June 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the Aircrew Briefing Room.

Lastly, Lt. Col. George Tomica, current commander of the 123rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, will become deputy commander of the 123rd Maintenance Group. Maj. Chris Bishop, commander of the 123rd Maintenance Squadron, will assume Tomica’s previous post when he takes charge of the 123rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony slated for June 23 at 2 p.m. in the Fuel Cell Hangar.

Maj. Ash Groves, director of operations for the 123rd Contingency Response Group, will assume command of the 123rd Maintenance Squadron during the same ceremony.

“Please join me in congratulating these exceptional officers as they take on new leadership responsibilities and continue to expand their educations in the Profession of Arms,” Hurst said.

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