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RAFB's 116th Air Control Wing gets new commander

The 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base got a new commander Saturday.

Nearly 1,200 people make up the 116th, and after two and half years, Colonel Kevin Clotfelter handed the controls over to the new leader.

"It's a bittersweet moment. You don't spend that much time with people and not get attached," he said. "It's a little melancholy, but it's also really sweet, because I know that these fine men and women are going to continue to do their mission."

Colonel Clotfelter says the wing focuses on a variety of missions. He says they provide airborne command and control, battle management and provide surveillance capabilities.

But he says his day to day focus was on the people saying, "Because if I'm helping them get the resources they need to take care of their families, then they take care of the mission."

Colonel Clotfelter says the new commander has what it takes to keep the strong reputation of the 116th going.

"I've flown with Mark Weber in two different platforms," he said. "I've worked with him professionally for seventeen years, and he's a friend. He's got great integrity and he's a leader."

After finishing up an assignment at the Georgia Department of Defense, Colonel Mark Weber says it's an honor to become the new commander.

"I've been in this community for 20 years, I've been a commander in this unit, this will be my third command, 4th command total, he said. "It's a real thrill, and the love and support I get from my family and the community has been incredible."

Commander Weber says moving forward, they will continue to work with air force leaders and policy makers to improve their operations.

"When you run an operation like J-Stars, you always have to be in a position to say yes" he says, "so when we find things that get in our way we work with our air force partners and our legislators to make that yes happen."

As for Colonel Clotfelter's next step, he says he and his family plan to stay in Houston County and says he will begin job searching in the near future.

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