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MacDill wing leader takes new command Sunday

The leader of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base takes over a new command this weekend in his home state of Indiana.

As reported Monday in The Tampa Tribune, Col. Douglas Schwartz will lead the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grisson Air Reserve Base near Peru, Indiana.

The change of command ceremony is Sunday.

Schwartz replaces Col. Donald Buckley, who spent less than two years as commander of Grissom’s some 2,200 reservists and 16 KC-135 Stratotanker refueling planes.

Buckley was removed during an investigation into his job performance.

In March, an Air Force spokesman said Buckley’s superiors lost confidence in his ability to command and began reviewing his performance. A Grissom spokesman declined to give details about the investigation.

A replacement for Schwartz hasn’t been announced but a MacDill spokesman told the Tribune a change of command ceremony is expected in July.

Schwartz, an Indiana native and graduate of Purdue University, was a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot at Grissom in the 1990s. His last day at MacDill was May 30.

The 434th at Grissom is the largest KC-135 unit in the Air Force Reserve Command.

“It will be good to return back home again to Indiana,” Schwartz said. “No matter where I’ve been, I’ve always been impressed by the job the men and women of the 434th ARW do every single day, and it will be great to work alongside them once again.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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