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Largest Reserve Group in the Pacific hails new commander

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jennie Chamberlin
  • 624th Regional Support Group
Col. Robert Huston assumed command of the 624th Regional Support Group during a ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base Jan. 10.

Many distinguished guests attended the event including Lt. Gen. Loyd "Chip" Utterback, 13th Air Force commander, and Col. Giovanni Tuck, 15th Airlift Wing commander. Maj. Gen. Robert Duignan, 4th Air Force commander, was the guest speaker and transferred the 624 RSG guidon to Colonel Huston.

"It's an honor and a privilege to take on this new role," said Colonel Huston. "I look forward to working with the men and women of the 624th Regional Support Group, who are known for their professionalism and dedication to the mission."

Prior to assuming command, Colonel Huston was the Reserve advisor to the 13th AF Commander, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and deployed in support of operations JUST CAUSE, DESERT SHIELD/STORM, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours, primarily in the C-141 and C-17.

Colonel Huston is now responsible for managing the largest Air Force Reserve presence in the Pacific, which is comprised of five units in Hawaii and Guam. The group provides the combatant commander more than 650 combat-ready Airmen who specialize in aerial port, aeromedical staging and civil engineering operations for worldwide employment.