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CMSgt. Roy Patterson assumes duty as 165AW Command Chief

165th Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Hewshal Thornton relinquishes the sword of office to Col. Rainer Gomez, 165AW Air Commander, November 2, 2013 during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Garden City, Ga. Thornton held the senior enlisted position since 2007. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noel Velez-Crespo/released)

165th Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Hewshal Thornton relinquishes the sword of office to Col. Rainer Gomez, 165AW Air Commander, November 2, 2013 during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Garden City, Ga. Thornton held the senior enlisted position since 2007. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noel Velez-Crespo/released)

165th Airlift Wing Chief Master Sgt. Roy Patterson receives the sword of office from Col. Rainer Gomez, 165AW Air Commander, November 2, 2013 during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Garden City, Ga. Patterson assumes the duties of Command Chief from Chief Master Sgt. Hewshal Thornton who held the senior enlisted position since 2007. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noel Velez-Crespo/released)

165th Airlift Wing Chief Master Sgt. Roy Patterson receives the sword of office from Col. Rainer Gomez, 165AW Air Commander, November 2, 2013 during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Garden City, Ga. Patterson assumes the duties of Command Chief from Chief Master Sgt. Hewshal Thornton who held the senior enlisted position since 2007. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noel Velez-Crespo/released)

Col. Rainer Gomez, 165th Airlift Wing Air Commander, administers the oath to the newly appointed Command Chief Master Sgt. Roy Patterson, November 2, 2013 during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Garden City, Ga. Patterson assumes the duties of Command Chief from Chief Master Sgt. Hewshal Thornton who held the senior enlisted position since 2007. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noel Velez-Crespo/released)

Col. Rainer Gomez, 165th Airlift Wing Air Commander, administers the oath to the newly appointed Command Chief Master Sgt. Roy Patterson, November 2, 2013 during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Garden City, Ga. Patterson assumes the duties of Command Chief from Chief Master Sgt. Hewshal Thornton who held the senior enlisted position since 2007. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noel Velez-Crespo/released)

Garden City, Ga. -- Chief Master Sgt. Roy Patterson was welcomed as the 165th Airlift Wing's newest Command Chief in a change-of-responsibility ceremony held November 2, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. Patterson replaced Chief Master Sgt. Hewshal S. Thornton who retired after a 38 year military career.

"Chief Patterson is a seasoned leader with a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help develop enlisted members with supervision, training, and education at every level of the 165th Airlift Wing", said Thornton.

Patterson began his career in the Navy as a Interior Communication Electrician before serving in the Georgia Air National Guard. He has held numerous aircraft maintenance positions and was the Component Repair Flight Superintendent before being selected as the Wing's senior enlisted position.

"It is a privilege and honor to replace Chief Thornton as Command Chief of the 165th Airlift Wing. Over his six years as Command Chief, he built a strong and effective enlisted force capable of performing the mission of the wing. Chief Thornton lived the Air Force Core Values as Command Chief and continuously instilled these values on the enlisted men and women of the Wing", said Patterson.
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