Campbell takes command of 97th Airlift Squadron

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  • By Staff Sgt. Nicole Erb
  • 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Robert Campbell Jr., assumed command of the 97th Airlift Squadron here Aug. 2 in a ceremony presided by Lt. Col. Mark H. Boyd, 446th Operations Group deputy commander.

“Your perseverance and ability to balance work and life are the reasons you are here,” said Boyd during the broadcasted ceremony. “Rob, you are resilient, and I am counting on you, the Roos are counting on you.”

The pandemic prevented a large gathering for the ceremony, but both outgoing and incoming commanders thanked and noted that the success of putting together the change of command event is a great example of the ongoing accomplishments of the 97th AS in its ability to adapt to change.

“Colonel Skipworth, Colonel Boyd, thank you for the vote of confidence, for your trust and for this awesome responsibility,” said Campbell. “And thank you for this opportunity to lead; I am going to do my best.”

Campbell thanked the outgoing squadron commander, Lt. Col. Kevin Peterson, for his leadership and the hand-off of command.

“Kevin, you are leaving behind big shoes,” Campbell said. “Thank you for leaving the 97th in such a great state. The morale is high, and the people are of incredible talent and fired up; I’m excited!”

Campbell served as an aircraft commander, prime nuclear airlift force instructor pilot, Air Force One advance agent as well as chief of the commander’s action group in the 62nd Airlift Wing here. In 2004, Campbell was selected to fly the C-17A Globemaster III with the 62nd AW’s 4th Airlift Squadron. Since joining the Air Force Reserve in 2008, Campbell has served as a flight commander, operational readiness inspection readiness assessment team deputy and chief executive officer for 97th AS.

Campbell is a command pilot with more than 4,200 hours on T-37B Tweet, T-44 Pegasus, MQ-1 A/B Predator and C-17A aircraft.

The event was broadcasted live on the 446th Airlift Wing Facebook Page -