Changing of the Guard: New commanders scheduled to take reins of base units

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • Robins Public Affairs
There will be several leadership changes happening across Robins Air Force Base in the next few weeks.

461st Air Control Wing
In the 461st Air Control Wing, Col. Henry Cyr will relinquish command to Col. John Cooper during a change of command ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at the Museum of Aviation's Century of Flight Hangar. 

A command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours, Cooper recently completed a tour as the 607th Air Operations Center chief of strategy at Osan Air Base, Korea. 

Cyr will retire from the Air Force after 26 years of service.

78th Air Base Wing
Col. Chris Hill will relinquish command as the Installation and 78th Air Base Wing commander to Col. Jeffrey King at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Century of Flight Hangar. 

A career aircraft maintenance officer, King was formerly commander of the 18th Maintenance Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan. 

Hill will be assigned to the Air Staff as the Deputy Director of Resource Integration in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations & Mission Support.

DLA Aviation
Col. Daniel Hicks will relinquish command of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation to Col. Rod Bloker at 10:30 a.m. June 29 at the Heritage Club Ballroom. 

Bloker was formerly the 848th Supply Chain Management Group commander at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. 

Hicks will retire from the Air Force after 30 years of service.

116th Air Control Wing
Col. Kevin Clotfelter will relinquish command to Col. Mark Weber July 11 - time and location to be announced.  

A command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, Weber was formerly the chief of the Georgia Joint Staff where he was the state's senior federal National Guard management official, serving as principal advisor to the adjutant general. 

Clotfelter will retire from serving in the Air Force and Air National Guard after more than 26 years of service.