433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
7/13/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Col.
William W. Whittenberger, Jr., assumed command of the 433rd Airlift
Wing here July 12 during a ceremony presided by Brig. Gen. John C.
Flournoy, Jr., Fourth Air Force commander.
"Congratulations (to this Wing) for getting him, because there was other
people fighting for him," Flournoy said. "Bill has been the go- to guy.
He's a mission mover and a people person. He's going to give you 120
percent and make things happen for this wing."
Prior to assuming command of the "Alamo Wing", Whittenberger was
assigned as a political-military planner on the Joint Staff, J-5
Directorate, Partnership Strategy Deputy Directorate, Partnership
Coordination Division in Washington, D.C. He also previously served as
the 440th Operations Group commander at Pope Air Force Base, North
Carolina. In addition, he served in many leadership capacities at
Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. He is also command pilot, having
flown more than 4,500 hours including more than 250 combat hours and 140
combat sorties flown in the Balkans and South West Asia
"I already feel like a member of the family," Whittenberger said to
members of the 433rd after assuming command. "All of you being family
are what keeps this group moving. You guys do all of it, you make it
Whittenberger recalled what he was told about the unit.
"I was told when I was coming here that this is a wing of heroes," he
said. "So, my job is to open the door for heroes. I'm here to make sure
that this well cultivated field of heroes continues to blossom".
Whittenberger was joined in the ceremony by his wife Natalie and his mother Judy.