Promotion and change of command observed during Saturday’s NC Air National Guard events

Observer staff reportsJune 7, 2014 

The North Carolina Air National Guard observed a change of command of the 145th Airlift Wing and the promotion of a senior commissioned officer during two ceremonies Saturday at the guard’s headquarters in Charlotte.

Col. Marshall Collins assumed command of the 145th Airlift Wing, which is responsible for all Air National Guard operations throughout the state, officials said.

The unit consists of more than 1,500 airmen who make up five subordinate groups that provide control of the air operations and maintenance, communications, security and logistics support, civil engineering, and medical support for the state’s National Guard.

Collins has logged roughly 6,000 hours of flying time to become a Master Navigator and has held a number of leadership positions. Collins lives with his wife and two children in Rock Hill.

Col. Roger Williams Jr. was the previous commander of the 145th Airlift Wing and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Saturday afternoon.

Williams will now serve as the N.C. National Guard assistant adjutant general for air operations, responsible for advising the state’s adjutant general on programs, strategic planning and operations affecting the N.C. Air National Guard, officials said.

Williams joined the N.C. Air National Guard in 2001 and has held a number of leadership positions. He lives with his wife and three children in Fort Mill, S.C.

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