by By Senior Airman Christine Halan
100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
5/29/2015 - RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Col.
Thomas D. Torkelson, accepted command of the 100th Air Refueling Wing
from Col. Kenneth T. Bibb, Jr., May 29, 2015, on RAF Mildenhall,
The handing off of the 100th ARW guidon symbolizes the relinquish of command, passed from Bibb to Torkleson.
The presiding officer, Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson, 3rd Air Force and
17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, commended Bibb for a job well
done and charged Torkelson to have motivational mission accomplishment,
the compassionate care of Airmen and their families, and the drive to
innovate and improve.
The outgoing 100th ARW commander, Bibb, thanked all Airmen, civilians
and British guests for their service and hard work while he was in
"Thank you for your continued support of those who defend freedom," said
Bibb. "It was an honor and privilege to serve our great nation and
command the Bloody Hundredth."
Following the change of command, Torkelson spoke to members of Team
Mildenhall and challenged the Airmen and civilians of the 100th ARW to
"Be ready, stay balanced, and get better."
"To the Airmen of the Bloody Hundredth, understand that you are the
backbone of power projection in this area of the world, and that you are
the "Global" in Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power," said
Torkelson. "The 100th Bomb Group vets have a saying, 'Once a part of the
100th, always a part of the 100th.' It is a sincere honor to be back in
the Bloody Hundredth as an active member. Team Torkelson vows to extend
their storied legacy a few more years with your help and to continue
the 100th Air Refueling Wing's tradition of being 'Square-D Away.'"
Prior to arriving at RAF Mildenhall, Torkelson served as the vice
commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. However he's no
stranger to RAF Mildenhall. He was formerly the 351st Air Refueling
Squadron commander from July 2010 to June 2012.