Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vance AFB change of command ceremony Monday in hangar 199

The Enid News and Eagle
May 22, 2010

ENID — Col. Chris Nowland, wing commander at Vance Air Force Base since July 2008, will be replaced by Col. Russell L. Mack in a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in Vance's hangar 199.

Mack, a 1984 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, comes to Vance from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Prior to that he served as vice commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Mack is a former member of the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's aerial demonstration squadron, with whom he flew from October 1998 to July 1999. His last experience in Air Education and Training Command was first as operations officer, then commander of the 87th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin AFB, Texas.

He is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours, primarily in the A-10 Thunderbolt, better known as the "Warthog."

Among his major awards and decorations, he has received the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Mack and his wife, Lynne, have two children, Austin and Abbey.

Nowland, who has been nominated for promotion to brigadier general, will next be assigned as director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments at AETC headquarters in San Antonio.

Nowland and his wife, Kristan, have three children, son, Nick, and daughters Natalie and Isabella.


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