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Wing change of command is Sept. 9

Col. William N. Flanigan, 939th Air Refueling Wing commander, addresses reservists assigned to Portland before the KC-135 aircraft take off from Oregon for the last time. The 939th has operated out of Portland for more than 40 years, first as rescue unit and then as a refueling unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Rodriguez)

Col. William Flanigan addresses in June 2006 Reservists assigned to the 939th Air Refueling Wing, Portland before the last KC-135 aircraft takes off. Colonel Flanigan will take command of the 446th Airlift Wing here Sept. 9 after serving as the last commander of the 939th ARW, which is being deactivated. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge Rodriguez)

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- One man is going from tankers to transports, the other from planes to people. 

Col. William Flanigan takes command of the 446th Airlift Wing Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., in front of Hangar 4, flightline side. Relinquishing command of this C-17 Reserve associate wing will be Brig. Gen. Eric Crabtree. 

General Crabtree departs McChord to assume command of the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, Colo. In the meantime, Colonel Flanigan has said goodbye to his KC-135 tanker wing, the 939th Air Refueling Wing, Portland, Ore., which is scheduled to deactivate under the Base Realignment and Closing process. 

Presiding at the ceremony is Maj. Gen. Duignan, 4th Air Force commander.
Guests attending the ceremony should be in their seats by 9:30 a.m. Following the ceremony, there will be a open reception at McChord's consolidated club. 

A graduate of California State University, Colonel Flanigan was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of California in June 1977. He has a bachelor of science in mathematics and a bachelor of in science statistics. 

After serving seven years on active duty, the colonel separated active duty and joined the Air Force Reserve in May 1986. He became an air reserve technician in 1987. Colonel Flanigan is a command pilot with more than 6,500 flying hours. He has flown the T-37- T-38, KC-135A/R, and KC-10A.