Air Force

December 6, 2013

New commander humbled by base’s history

Tags:
Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson
452 AMW public affairs volunteer

Col. Russell Muncy delivers his remarks to a full house during his assumption of command ceremony held at the Cultural Resource Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Nov. 23, 2013. Muncy pledged to work with Team March and community members to ensure the base continues to maintain a viable presence.

March Field’s Cultural Resource Center was filled to capacity Nov. 23, when Col. Russell A. Muncy assumed command of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing after the departure of Col. Samuel Mahaney in October.
Muncy served on active duty as a KC-135A/R pilot and squadron flying safety officer, after receiving his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983.

He left the Air Force in 1990 but re-entered the service through the Air Force Reserve in 1995 and served as a pilot, chief pilot, operations plans officer, flying safety officer, director of operations, group commander, vice wing commander and wing commander.

At the major command level, Muncy has also served as Air Force Reserve Command’s tanker operations officer where he coordinated the command’s tanker operations responding to the events of 9/11.

Presiding official for the assumption of command ceremony was Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., 4th Air Force commander.

“I can’t thank the community enough. I can’t thank the teammates here on the base (enough), the senior leaders sitting here today. We’re about one team and no seam,” he said. “Rusty (Muncy) is all about that as well, so we will do what we can to make sure that we’re working with the community and our other service partners to make this an absolutely outstanding operation. Rusty is the right guy at the helm today to do that.”

After receiving the wing’s guidon, signifying official acceptance of command of the 452nd AMW, Muncy delivered his remarks to the audience.

“It is a privilege and an honor. I’m in awe, and ready to take on the significant challenge that is commanding the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, as well as being the commander of such a historic and relevant base,” he said. “The history here is just awe-inspiring and I am humbled to be a part of that history. But without the community support that we have, we would never be here. It is tremendous support that has been here from 1917 to present. The community really has played such a role in ensuring this base’s livelihood and longevity. My role though, as I see it, is to ensure that that longevity continues to flourish.”

In addition to his proven and distinguished leadership at the wing and major command levels, Muncy has also deployed numerous times in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD, JOINT FORGE, DELIBERATE GUARD, NORTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM and participated in deployments in a joint role for Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Noelle Reyes

Massage therapy relaxes members during UTA

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Noelle Reyes Massage therapy students from The American College of Healthcare (ACH), Riverside, give complimentary massages to Team March members during a June 2015 Unit Training Assembly. As ...
 
 

Celebrate National Parents’ Day 2015

Yes, you read the headline correctly. There is such a thing as National Parents’ Day. It is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Sunday of July, which happens to be this coming Sunday. This holiday was established in 1994 when former President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law (36 U.S.C. § 135) for...
 
 

Last chance to design airshow poster

March Air Reserve Base is holding a design contest for the “March Field AirFest 2016: Thunder Over the Empire” poster. Everyone is eligible to enter. The winning designer will receive a 2016 AirFest package for a family of four. The package includes VIP parking for one vehicle (excluding RVs); four tickets to the pre-show dinner...
 

 
CAP

Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing encampment

As the summer season kicks into high gear, the Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing celebrated its annual Cadet Encampment, and the 40th Anniversary of the Cadet Training Group, at Camp San Luis Obispo, California, July 1st thr...
 
 
Kids-Toddler-Pool-Safety-Clipart

Summer swimming safety tips

With summer in full swing it is good to review swimming safety tips. Knowing water safety rules, current water conditions and your swimming abilities could be the difference between life and death. Swim with a buddy in designat...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nadine Y. Barclay

Mental health resources available for those in need

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nadine Y. Barclay Considering the demands facing the remotely piloted aircraft enterprise, Creech Air Force Base, Nev., has formed their own Human Performance Team to meet the needs of those supp...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>