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19th Airlift Wing welcomes new commander

Col. Gerald Donohue accepts command of the 19th Airlift Wing from Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander, July 11, 2017 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th AW is home to more than 6,000 Combat Airlift personnel and the world’s largest C-130 base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

Col. Gerald Donohue accepts command of the 19th Airlift Wing from Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander, July 11, 2017 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th AW is home to more than 6,000 Combat Airlift personnel and the world’s largest C-130 base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

Clara Donohue accepts flowers during the 19th Airlift Wing change of command ceremony, July 11, 2017, at the Herk Hall on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

Clara Donohue accepts flowers during the 19th Airlift Wing change of command ceremony, July 11, 2017, at the Herk Hall on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The 19th Airlift Wing, along with tenant wings and civic leaders, welcomed their new commander, Col. Gerald Donohue, during a change of command ceremony July 11, 2017.

Donohue assumed command of the 19th AW from Col. Charles Brown in a ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander.

Prior to departing, Brown thanked the 19 AW for their hard work and dedication to the Combat Airlift mission. As he left, Brown had one final request of the attendees which left the auditorium ringing with a charged chant of, “We Are … Black Knights.”

Col. Gerald Donohue, 19th Airlift Wing commander, gives his first remarks after accepting command of the wing, July 11, 2017, at the Herk Hall on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Donohue assumed command of the 19th AW from Col. Charles Brown in a ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)
Col. Gerald Donohue, 19th Airlift Wing commander, gives his first remarks after accepting command of the wing, July 11, 2017, at the Herk Hall on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Donohue assumed command of the 19th AW from Col. Charles Brown in a ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)
Col. Gerald Donohue, 19th Airlift Wing commander, gives his first remarks after accepting command of the wing, July 11, 2017, at the Herk Hall on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Donohue assumed command of the 19th AW from Col. Charles Brown in a ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)
19th Airlift Wing welcomes new commander
Col. Gerald Donohue, 19th Airlift Wing commander, gives his first remarks after accepting command of the wing, July 11, 2017, at the Herk Hall on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Donohue assumed command of the 19th AW from Col. Charles Brown in a ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron)
With a constant focus on the partnerships and teamwork which make Little Rock Air Force Base the Home of Combat Airlift, the 19th AW will continue to provide rapid global mobility and execute gray tail diplomacy under Donohue’s leadership.

"I share the passion for the air mobility mission, a mission that continues to represent an absolute asymmetric advantage for our nation and a mission area in which the 19th Airlift Wing continually demonstrates it is a cornerstone," Donohue said. 

At his previous assignment, Donohue commanded the 86th Operations Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, the largest and busiest C-130 and operational support aircraft squadron in the Air Force and provided the European and African theaters with airlift and aeromedical evacuation support to include combat ready air transportation, rapidly deployable equipment, supplies and people

“I am honored and humbled to stand before you today,” Donohue said. “I pledge to work every day to earn your trust, confidence and respect as we seek to further the accomplishments and reputation of this wing.”