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MacDill command changes hands

Col. David M. Snyder, executive officer to the Commander, United States Transportation Command, and to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., will assume command of the 6th Air Mobility Wing from Maj. Gen. (Sel.) Wayne Hodges today during a 9 a.m. ceremony in Hangar 3.

Snyder entered the Air Force in May 1978 as a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., and earned his wings in 1979. Col. Snyder has commanded an airlift squadron and an operations group. He later served as chief of staff for the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, NORAD/USSPACECOM prior to assuming his current duties. Colonel Snyder is a command pilot, having logged more than 4,000 hours in C-141, T-41, T-1, T-37, T-38 and AT-38 aircraft.

Hodges, has been selected for reassignment to Washington D.C., where he will serve as the mission area director, global reach, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

Hodges took command of the wing in August 2001, just one month prior to the terrorist attacks on America. During his tenure, Hodges has forged numerous community and base programs to help accomplish his vision of "Mission First, People Always, America Forever."

Hodges also oversaw the wing transition from an air refueling mission to an air mobility mission, directed a complete wing realignment and implemented runway improvements after the induction of the C-37 into MacDill's aircraft fleet.

Morale initiatives such as new base housing, an updated Enlisted Club and a state-of-the-art mission planning center topped the general's list of priorities for base improvements. Hodges' commitment to the force resulted in a new Fitness Center, Health and Wellness Center and new enlisted dining facility, with a new temporary lodging facility opening soon.

The general has adopted numerous memorandums of agreement with the Tampa Bay community. Hodges said he is particularly proud of the support the Bay area has offered to the wing, and is pleased with the Greater Tampa area receiving the Abilene trophy for outstanding community relations.

 

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