LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (LRAFB) - Col. Patrick Rhatigan will assume command of the 19th Airlift Wing Black Knights from Col. Brian Robinson in a change-of-command ceremony set for July 9.
The 19th Airlift Wing is the "Home of C-130 Combat Airlift" and works in concert 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. As commander, Col. Rhatigan will lead the world's largest fleet of C-130 aircraft and is responsible for providing worldwide deployable C-130 aircraft, aircrews, support personnel and equipment for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force taskings.
Colonel Rhatigan is the former the 379th Expeditionary Operations Group commander in Southwest Asia. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon.
Colonel Robinson, recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become the 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 executing global command and control of all Air Mobility Command airlift and air refueling missions conducted as the air component of U.S. Transportation Command.