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916th commander slated to move on

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on March 19, 2010 1:46 PM

Col. Fritz Linsenmeyer

His replacement has not yet been named, but 916th Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Fritz Linsenmeyer is scheduled to relinquish his post early next month.

916th officials confirmed Thursday that Linsenmeyer has been tapped to lead the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio -- he will report to duty April 11.

The 910th's mission in theater is to employ the C-130 Hercules aircraft in combat operations of tactical airlift -- low-level infiltration into combat environments where air crews can deliver personnel and materials by airdrop and air-land techniques.

Linsenmeyer, a seasoned aviator with experience in the T-41, T-37, T-38, B-52, KC-10 and KC-135, came to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in July 2007, and since that time, has seen many successes produced by the Reservists under his command.

916th crews have deployed -- crews transformed KC-135Rs for use in aeromedical evacuation missions from Afghanistan to Germany and others completed tours in the Pacific and Middle East -- and took home top honors at Air Mobility Command's RODEO competition.

And three new facilities were constructed on Linsen-meyer's watch -- a squadron operations building, simulator building and corrosion-control hangar built to support the wing's new active-duty unit, the 911th Air Refueling Squadron, a group of 60 full-time and 104 part-time airmen activated in line with Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations.