VOLK FIELD, Wis. (WXOW) - There's a new commander at Volk Field.
Col. Matthew Eakins takes over as the 13th commander at the training facility. He was most recently in command of the 115th Mission Support Group at Truax Field in Madison. He's a 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
He replaces Lt. Col. Tom Bauer, who served as interim commander since November when then-commander Col. Leslie A. Zyzda-Martin was relieved of her duties.
Volk Field is one of four combat readiness training centers in the country, one that Col. Eakis said he was excited to be in command of in comments made during the change of command ceremony.
“At the same time, our squadrons continue to deliver world-class results around the world when they deploy,” Eakins continued. “Not only are your facilities, your airspace and your Airmen and full-time workforce second to none, your professionalism and pride in how you approach your job day in and day out is a reflection of your commitment to providing the best experience for our customers.”
“Today, Volk Field, I want to be part of your team, and part of your family,” Eakins said. “I will be your advocate. I will fight for the resources you need to provide the best training possible to ensure you are equipped for the execution of your mission — our mission."
Units at Volk Field include the 126th Weaher Flight and the 128th Air Control Squadron.