New commander assumes responsibility for 445th Airlift Wing

Col. Raymond Smith Jr. (right), incoming commander for the 445th Airlift Wing, takes the guidon from Brig. Gen. Robert Blake, mobilization assistant to the director of current operations, deputy chief of staff for operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C., during the wing’s assumption of command ceremony Jan. 4 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photos/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)
Col. Raymond Smith Jr. (right), incoming commander for the 445th Airlift Wing, takes the guidon from Brig. Gen. Robert Blake, mobilization assistant to the director of current operations, deputy chief of staff for operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C., during the wing’s assumption of command ceremony Jan. 4 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photos/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

The 445th Airlift Wing held an assumption of command ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as Col. Raymond Smith Jr., took command of the wing during a ceremony Jan. 4.

Brig. Gen. Robert Blake, mobilization assistant to the director of current operations, deputy chief of staff for operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C., presided over the ceremony as more than 1,000 military and community leaders, family and friends, gathered to watch Smith take command of the wing.

Col. Adam Willis, the previous 445th AW commander, left Dec. 7 to take command of the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.

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