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McGregor to take command of airlift wing


Published: Sat, February 10, 2007 @ 12:00 a.m.


The next commander enlisted in the Air Force in 1976.
By WILLIAM K. ALCORN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
VIENNA -- Air Force Reserve Col. Udo McGregor will take command of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in July.
McGregor, who is called Karl, commander of the 439th Operations Group at Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., since 2003, will replace Col. Timothy J. Thomson, who is retiring after 33 years of service.
Thomson became commander of the 910th in June 2004. During his tenure, the air station survived the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, in which a federal commission recommends which military operations will be closed and kept open, and also had the largest deployment of personnel in the base's history.
Recently, two 910th units -- the Maintenance Group and the 757th Airlift Squadron -- received 2006 Outstanding Unit awards.
Information provided by Westover Air Reserve Base says McGregor was born in Germany, grew up in Savannah, Ga., and enlisted in the Air Force in 1976 as a helicopter mechanic. He earned his commission as a second lieutenant in 1986 and is a command pilot who has flown some 11,200 hours in a variety of aircraft.
Education
McGregor received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in 1984, and master's degrees from Webster State University and the Naval War College in 1990 and 2003, respectively. He was first-honor graduate of the Officer Training School in 1985, distinguished graduate of Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1986, and graduated from the Senior Service School at the Naval War College in 2003.
McGregor has received numerous decorations, including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Air, Aerial Achievement, Air Force Commendation, and Air Force Achievement medals.
His promotions dates are: first lieutenant, 1987; captain, 1990; major, 1997; lieutenant colonel, 2001; and colonel, 2005.
McGregor is a member of several organizations and is president of Air Force Association Chapter 111.
Westover is the nation's largest Air Force Reserve base, with 2,500 reservists currently assigned there. It is home to 16 C-5s, the largest aircraft in the Air Force. The plane is used in special missions involving outsized and oversized cargo, says the base's Web site information.
alcorn@vindy.com


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