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512th AW welcomes new commander

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  • By Staff Sgt. Zachary Cacicia
  • 512th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – Col. Gregory P. Haynes assumed command of the 512th Airlift Wing in a ceremony here today.

“It’s been my experience that if you treat people with dignity and respect, you can’t go wrong,” said Haynes. “Be that leader. Be that mentor. Make sure the Airmen have the physical, mental and spiritual support they need, and they’ll take care of the mission. And, my charge is to take care of all of you.”

In the shadow of C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, the ceremony took place inside a hangar with hundreds in attendance. Hundreds of the wing’s Airmen, divided into their respective squadrons and groups, stood in a military formation to witness the start of this new chapter in the wing’s history.

Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, March Air Reserve Base, California, marked the formal passing of responsibility and authority by handing the 512th AW’s organizational flag to Haynes. This gesture historically aided troops in knowing who to dedicate their loyalty and trust.

“I got to know him at the Pentagon,” said Ogden. “I knew then he was going to be a great leader, a great servant leader. He’s the type of leader who sets the example and does more than he expects of Airmen.”

The 512th AW, also known as the Liberty Wing, is an Air Force Reserve Command associate wing comprised of 1,650 Reserve Citizen Airmen that support AFRC’s and Air Mobility Command’s worldwide airlift mission, operating the C-5M and C-17 aircraft.

“I look forward to working with all of you and making Team Dover better than ever.”

Haynes is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours. In his previous assignment Haynes served as the commander of the 433rd Operations Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. There, he directed the operations and activities of the group and its six assigned subordinate units, providing combat-ready Airmen for worldwide combat commitments. He also led the Formal Training Unit for all C-5M aircrew training.

Notable dignitaries who attended included Team Dover leadership, elected officials and their representatives, honorary commanders and civic leaders.