6th Med Group, 6th Support Group welcome new commanders
by Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
Col. Charles E. Potter assumed command of the 6th Medical Group from Col. Charles W. Mackett in a ceremony held in Hangar 3 Tuesday. And the 6th Mission Support Group welcomed Col. Robert E. Moriarty there Thursday as he assumed command from Col. Irv B. Lee.
"Take care of your family. Take care of yourself physically, spiritually and mentally. And finally, take care of the mission," said Col. Potter, sharing his command philosophy. "I plan to ensure the 6th Medical group continues to support the men and women here at MacDill and on the front lines of battle."
Colonel Potter joined the United States Air Force Reserve in 1980 and received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Reserve in 1983. He attended the Health Services Administration Course at Sheppard AFB, Texas, in 1984 and reported to his first active duty assignment in 1985.
His most recent assignment was serving as the 48th Medical Support Squadron commander and hospital administrator, 48th Medical Group, RAF Lakenheath, England.
"The importance of medical troops can never be overlooked, whether at home or on the front lines of the battlefield," said Col. Maggie Woodward, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander. "Today we look forward to a promising future for the 6th Medical Group under the leadership of Colonel Potter."
Immediately following the change of command, a retirement ceremony was held for Colonel Mackett, whose retirement plans include a new position at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He will be the Department of Family and Community Medicine executive vice chair.
Colonel Moriarty was last stationed at Little Rock AFB, Ark., as the 314th Civil Engineer Squadron commander. He is a Reserve Officer Training Course graduate and has spent 23 years in the Air Force.
"Today the 6th Air Mobility Wing is saying goodbye to Irv Lee. At the same time we welcome Robert Moriarty with open arms," said Colonel Woodward. "The wing and specifically the 6th Mission Support Group look forward to continued success under the new leadership of Colonel Moriarty.”
Col. Irv Lee is moving on to his next assignment at Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB, Texas.