Seasoned Airman to take reins as 6th AMW command chief
by 1st Lt. Larry van der Oord
The folks at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., have reason to be sad as one of their sharpest Airmen gets ready to depart for a new job at a new base. But in this case, McGuire's loss is MacDill's gain.
Chief Master Sergeant Lloyd J. Hollen II will take over the role as the 6th Air Mobility Wing command chief, where he will be the principle advisor to the 6th AMW wing commander on all enlisted issues. Chief Hollen is scheduled to arrive in early to mid-October.
"I'm pretty excited about the new position," said Chief Hollen. "I'm really looking forward to getting the chance to work with all the young troops."
Chief Hollen recently returned from a deployment to Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE, where he served as the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing superintendent providing senior enlisted mentorship for all 750 Airmen in the group. Prior to his deployment, Chief Hollen served as the superintendent for the 305th Mission Support Group at McGuire AFB.
Originally from a small town about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pa., Chief Hollen entered the Air Force in 1981. His background includes various duties in the security forces and intelligence career fields. Chief Hollen also spent six years as a first sergeant and he said he plans to use the experience he gained in that role in his new job at MacDill.
"If I could give (young Airmen) only one order, it would be that I want them all to excel," said Chief Hollen.
Chief Hollen has led a distinguished career earning a wide array of achievements ranging from “436th Wing Outstanding Security Police NCO Specialist of the Year” in 1986 & 1987 to “Team Mildenhall First Sergeant of the Year” in 2002.
Chief Hollen said he is not taking any time off following his deployment because he wants to get things rolling as quickly as possible in his new post.
"To sum things up, I'm pretty pumped up about coming to MacDill," said Chief Hollen.