(Via Ho’okele News)
Col. Douglas K. Lamberth relinquished command of the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing to Col. Albert G. Miller during a change of command ceremony July 22 at the Hickam Officers’ Club, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
“I am extremely thankful and honored to have commanded this phenomenal wing over the past two years, and I am tremendously proud of what you have accomplished as a team,” said Lamberth.
“There is no doubt that you are the best in the business at what you do. The privilege of serving the great Airmen, civilian Airmen and families of the 515th has been the highlight of my career,” he said.
During his tenure, Lamberth pioneered the command’s only virtual community action information board, developed a commander’s inspection program, and led the wing to an “excellent” rating during the 2013 Air Mobility Command Inspector General Mission Capability and Compliance Inspection, and a 2013 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
Maj. Gen. Frederick H. Martin, commander of the U. S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., presided over the ceremony. He presented Lamberth with the Legion of Merit for accomplishments during his command from June 2012 to July 2014.
“The EC’s mission is to train, enable and shape expeditionary Airmen for global response,” said Martin.
“The 515th, under the leadership of Col. Lamberth, has been a vital link to ensure global mobility throughout the Pacific enterprise. Col. Miller, we welcome you and look forward to building upon the success of the 515 AMOW and the tremendous partnerships within PACAF and across the PACOM AOR.”
As commander of the 515th AMOW, a tenant unit headquartered at JBPHH, he is responsible for 1,800 geographically separated personnel across 26 operating locations and nine Pacific time-zones from Alaska to Diego Garcia, with an annual budget of more than $50 million.
“I am extremely humbled by this opportunity to serve the great Airmen of the 515th and their families,” said Miller. “They have a tremendous reputation of excellence and mission success. I look forward to working with them and our mission partners throughout the Pacific.”
The 515th AMOW serves as the Pacific arm of the USAFEC and AMC. The wing’s mission is to provide agile enroute capability to accelerate global air mobility for war fighters throughout the Pacific, utilizing command and control, aerial port operations and aircraft maintenance.