by Marvin Krause
43rd Airlift Group public affairs
7/10/2015 - POPE ARMY AIRFIELD, N.C. -- Airmen
from the 43rd Airlift Group activated and assigned command to two new
squadrons, while inactivating three squadrons and redesignating one
squadron, during several formal ceremonies held here on July 1.
The 43rd Air Mobility Squadron and the 43rd Air Base Squadron unfurled
their new unit guidons combining Airmen and functions from multiple
units into new squadrons. The air mobility squadron combined Airmen from
the inactivated 3rd Aerial Port Squadron--the oldest active-duty aerial
port squadron in the U.S. Air Force--and the 43rd Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron. The air base squadron combined Airmen from the inactivated
43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron with the redesignated 43rd Force
The reorganization of the group's squadrons was driven by U.S. Air
Force-wide FY15 manning reductions and will increase the group's mission
focus, efficiency and synergy. The group is scheduled to be
redesignated as the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group on October 1.
This new construct will provide unity of command and effort for the
group's diverse operations and support functions, increasing
efficiencies despite a 27 percent reduction in personnel.
During the ceremonies, Col. Kenneth Moss, commander of the 43rd Airlift
Group, highlighted the histories and accomplishments of each unit,
noting that all of them have been activated, inactivated and moved
numerous times throughout their history.
"We talked about the past, we talked about the present, now, let's talk
about the future," said Moss during the 43rd ABS redesignation ceremony.
"We are going to talk about the future and the new leader of the 43rd
ABS that's going to take us there, Lt. Col. Kimberly Wallace. She is
well qualified to address the many challenges we have here at Pope.
Today, she joins a larger family, the Gryphon family. She is the perfect
leader to take this organization forward," Moss said.
Wallace assumed command of the 43rd ABS from Lt. Col. Brian Ballew
during a change of command ceremony after the inactivation of the 43rd
LRS and the redesignation of the 43rd FSS to the 43rd ABS.
"To the men and women of the 43rd Air Base Squadron, it is great to
finally be here and I'm very excited to join a stellar team," Wallace
said as she addressed Airmen of the new air base squadron. "Today, we
move forward together, strong, as one organization. Today, we place our
names in the Air Force history books. I look forward to meeting and
working with each and every one of you."
Prior to this assignment, Wallace was the deputy director for the 61st
Force Support Squadron, Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles
Air Force Base, California, from October 2013. Wallace received her
commission as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School
in 2000. She has previously held assignments at the squadron, wing,
major command and Air Force levels, and has served as a manpower
officer, military equal opportunity chief, executive officer and
personnel programs branch chief. She deployed in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom to Qatar serving as the deputy director of Air Force
Forces A1 and to Afghanistan serving as the chief of NATO Training
Mission/Combined Security Transition Command, Joint Manning
During a separate ceremony for the activation of the 43rd AMS, Moss
highlighted change and the combining of Airmen and functions to form the
new air mobility squadron.
"The theme for today has been two-fold--it's change and constant," said
Moss. "The fact is we're all Airmen--and have been since 1947--committed
to one mission, together. We've organized by task and we've organized
by community, and we've called these organizations squadrons. They've
worked, they've worked really well. So why change? In change, there's
significant opportunity. If we did everything the same way we used to
do, we could not remain the world's premier Air Force. So today, we get
an opportunity to erase some of the seemingly arbitrary lines we've
drawn around our Airmen--lines that have helped us create unique
identities, but which have also created some barriers to working
together. I'm going to drop those lines and we're going to focus on the
task. We're going to create an air mobility squadron and combine two of
the proudest Air Force Specialty Codes there are, maintenance and aerial
porters, put them together and let them conquer the world as brothers
in arms. They're united under one directorate to begin with, so I look
forward to uniting them in one mobility squadron."
Lt. Col. David Morgan assumed command of the 43rd AMS after the inactivation of the 43rd AMXS and 3rd APS.
"It's an honor to be standing here today in front of men and women of
the newest air mobility squadron in the world's greatest Air Force,"
Morgan said as he addressed Airmen of the new air mobility squadron.
"Legacy is important. Today is the first day in the new heritage. Each
of us gets a once in a career opportunity at this point. It's an honor
to be here to do it--to take command of this unit, but I ask you to
think ahead. To think of those following in our footsteps as we hit the
ramp in the coming weeks and months doing what you do best. Thank you
for the support and teamwork over the past two years and I look forward
to forging this team and ensuring we are ready to answer the call," he
Prior to this assignment, Morgan was the commander of the 43rd
Operations Support Squadron from July 2014. Morgan is a 1997 graduate of
the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of operational
assignments and on the Joint Staff. Morgan is a command pilot with more
than 3,300 flying hours in the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-130
The 43rd AG's 1,200 active-duty Airmen and civilians provide contingency
outload, en route support and mobility operations for Joint Special
Operations Command, Fort Bragg's XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd
Airborne Division. This partnership with the Army provides the nation a
unique Joint forcible entry capability through rapid global airborne and
air assault operations within hours of notification. Missions can range
from humanitarian assistance to providing combat capability to the
The men and women of the 43rd AG carry out their critical mission to,
"Put the Air in Airborne," by supporting over 1,000 Joint training
missions annually, ensuring Air Mobility Command and Reserve component
partners fulfilled 100 percent of the Joint training requirements on
Fort Bragg while improving strategic continuity for Joint Operational