Command of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base will be changing hands Sunday at 9 a.m.
Col. Randal Bright will assume command from Col. Doug Schwartz during a ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, Commander, 4th Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, California.
For the past two years, Bright served as the chief of the Plans Division, Directorate of Strategic Plans and Programs at the Air Force Reserve Command headquarters at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.
Bright, an Alabama native, is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flying in a wide range of aircraft, including the, AC-130A, MC-130E, C-130A/E/H, C-5B and C-17.
Bright will be responsible for the organization, training, equipping, and worldwide readiness of a combined reserve and civilian wing of approximately 900 people. The 927th Air Refueling Wing flies the KC-135R Stratotanker whose missions consist of in-flight air refueling, cargo and passenger airlift, aeromedical evacuation, and supporting contingencies and humanitarian operations around the world.
Schwartz, who took command in January, 2013, is headed to Indiana.
“I am leaving next week to assume command of the 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom Air Reserve Base, IN.,” he said in an email to the Tribune last month. “I never thought I would have the great opportunity to return to MacDill Air Force Base, and it has been a wonderful experience to be able to serve and lead the Airmen of the 927th Air Refueling Wing these past 16 months!”