Col. Patrick Rhatigan took command of the 19th Airlift Wing, at Little Rock Air Force Base, from Col. Brian Robinson in a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday. The changeover was announced in a July 8 press release.
The press release noted that the 19th Airlift Wing is the “Home of C-130 Combat Airlift,” and works with the 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing, 22nd Air Force Detachment 1 and USAF Mobility Weapons School in all aspects of C-130 operations and training.
Rhatigan takes charge of the world’s largest fleet of C-130 aircraft and is responsible for providing worldwide deployable aircraft, aircrews, support personnel and equipment for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force taskings.
Rhatigan is the past commander of the 379th Expeditionary Operations Group commander Southwest Asia; he also served as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon.
Robinson, recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, leaves Little Rock Air Force Base to become Vice Commander of Air Mobility Command’s 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The 618th AOC is responsible for global command and control of all Air Mobility Command airlift and air refueling missions conducted through the U.S. Transportation Command.