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Robins Air Force Base gets new installation commander

Robins Air Force Base welcomed a new commander Thursday morning.

The passing of the flag served as the passing of the torch from Colonel Chris Hill to Colonel Jeff King.

He is now the installation and 78th Air Base Wing as installation commander.

"A change in face really isn't a change in mission," King says.

He served as commander of the 18th Maintenance Group at the Kadena Air Base in Japan.

"We've done everything we can to ensure a smooth transition."

King has met several times with former commander, Colonel Hill, to learn more about operations at Robins

"The difference is just understanding the people and processes behind making that happen here," King explains.

After two years of service at Robins Air Force Base, Hill is going to work at the Pentagon. He addressed the airmen:

"I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. This installation depends on your skill and leadership. Please know it's been my honor and privilege to know and serve you. Please know your next commander is eager and ready to lead."

Now, King will lead about 5,000 people who provide different services including medical, civil engineering, communications, and security.

One might compare the job to being mayor of Robins Air Force Base.

"We will build on the outstanding relations we have with our local community, as well as the management and labor relations," King says. "We will focus on supporting our mission partners here on Robins Air Force Base. Lastly, of course, we are going to spend a lot of time working with the 78th Wing and taking care of those airmen and their families."

With goals already lined up, King is ready to support and serve.

"Every airplane counts, the folks here at team Robins get that."


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