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July 3, 2014

Boutwell becomes new Nellis ‘Mayor’

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Col. Richard Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander, delivers his speech after assuming command of the 99th ABW, at the Thunderbird hangar, June 27, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Boutwell entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Troy State University Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He has served as an instructor pilot, flight examiner, and operations officer.

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. – Col. Richard H. Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander, accepted command of the wing during a ceremony held at the Thunderbird hangar here June 27.

Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, U. S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, presided over the ceremony.

“To take on the responsibility of the 99th [ABW] takes someone special,” Silveria said. “We have that in Col. Rick Boutwell.”

Boutwell, most recently served as the Chief, Force Application Division, Joint Staff/J8 at the Pentagon, Va. He entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Troy State University Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Boutwell has flown the T-37, T-38, F-15A,B,C,D and F-16C,D and has more than 3,500 hours as a command pilot and more than 149 combat hours in the F-15C.

“Colonel Boutwell was carefully selected and is the perfect choice for this command,” Silveria said. “We all know that he will lead the 99th [ABW] to new heights.”

Upon relinquishing command of the 99th ABW, Col. Barry Cornish, expressed the difficulties that would come with leaving his home of the last four years as both 99th ABW commander and 57th Wing vice commander.

According to Cornish, he and his family have become invested in Nellis AFB and will really miss the base and its Airmen. One thing that will ease the process of departing Nellis AFB is the knowledge that it’s being left in capable hands.

Under Cornish’s command the wing provided installation support for more than 10,000 personnel assigned to Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and the Nevada Test and Training Range. Nellis is home to the largest civil engineer, communications, logistics readiness, and force support squadrons as well as medical center in Air Combat Command.

“I couldn’t think of a better guy to take my spot,” Cornish said.

After accepting command, Boutwell approached the podium to speak to the attendees for the first time as the commander of the 99th ABW.

“Being a wing commander is a humbling privilege and an honor, and a responsibility I do not take lightly. Thank you for the confidence you have placed in me and thank you for the opportunity to lead the men and women of the 99th ABW,” Boutwell said. “[My wife] Leslie and I are extremely excited to become part of such an incredible organization and we look forward to writing the next several chapters of history with you.”

He ended his speech with an assurance that under his command the 99th ABW will continue on its ascending path.

“This wing has had a long-standing reputation, throughout its history, for doing things right and winning countless awards. Vince Lombardi said, ‘Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit,’” Boutwell said. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will do things right as we continue to provide world class base support to our mission partners.”




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