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MacDill getting new commander as DeThomas retires


Published:   |   Updated: July 30, 2014 at 03:04 PM

MacDill Air Force Base is getting a new commander next month.

Col. Scott V. DeThomas, leader of the base’s host unit, the 6th Air Mobility Wing, is retiring after 32 years of military service and will be replaced by Col Daniel H. Tulley.

A change-of-command ceremony is slated for Aug. 8.

Tulley, a command pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours, most recently led the 43rd Airlift Group at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina. He was in charge of a group responsible for the rapid, strategic deployment of forces assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command, the 18th Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division.

DeThomas’ retirement comes two years after taking charge at MacDill. His position is responsible for more than $2.8 billion in base property and capital assets, and controlled an annual budget of about $250 million.

The wing performs air refueling, airlift and contingency response missions for U.S. and allied forces. The wing flies 16 Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers, three Gulfstream C-37A executive transport jets, and has more than 15,000 personnel assigned.

Additionally, the wing provides support to MacDill-based U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and 39 other units.

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