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Grand Forks Wing commander relieved of command

Posted 3/20/2013   Updated 3/20/2013 Email story   Print story


from Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

3/20/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE Ill. -- The commander of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., was relieved of command Mar. 20 due to failure to comply with physical fitness standards.

Col. Tim Bush was removed by Maj. Gen. William Bender, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander. Bush assumed command in July 2011.

Bush was not relieved for alleged misconduct or wrongdoing. Bender announced that Col. Christopher Mann, 319th Air Base Wing vice commander, has been appointed as interim wing commander until a replacement can assume the full-time duties of commander. Mann has been vice commander since August 2012.

As the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, Bender provides administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command, to include the 319 ABW.

The 319 ABW is comprised of 1,500 personnel, providing base operating and direct operations support to wing personnel, three tenant units and nine geographically separated units. The wing trains, deploys and redeploys more than 1,100 Airmen in support of Air Expeditionary Force and combatant commander requirements. It also provides facilities and equipment support for the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, the 69th Reconnaissance Group and North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing. Grand Forks Air Force Base also provides direct support to the 10th Space Warning Squadron Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D.

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