assumes Ky. Wing command, succeeding Koob
James Huggins, incoming Kentucky Wing commander.
James Huggins is the new commander of the Kentucky Wing, succeeding Col.
assumed command in a ceremony at Bowling Green's Aviation Heritage Park, with Col.
Robert Karton, Great Lakes Region commander, swearing him in. Huggins also presented Koob, who had served as commander since March 2009, with the Distinguished Service Award.
As wing commander, Huggins said, he hopes to emphasize publicity and recruiting; increase the number of mission pilots and aircrews; enlarge the cadet program; and more fully use Civil Air Patrol's Aerospace Connections in Education program.
Other goals he cited are to fill necessary statewide positions, hire and train a part-time administrative assistant and realign staff duties to make the Kentucky Wing even more effective.
"The people of CAP
are its biggest asset," the new commander said.
"I want to ensure Kentucky is providing a level of training for its personnel that will enable the wing to excel when called upon."
, who retired after 22 years as a school principal, is now part of the Coldwell Banker Legacy Real Estate Group
He served for 38 years in the U.S. Army, including active duty, active reserve, national guard and inactive reserve.
He previously served as commander of the Bowling Green Composite Squadron.
Maj. Ted Seaman, who took command of the unit earlier in the ceremony, said he's
"looking forward to continuing and strengthening a great program left by Col. Huggins."