FSS Merger Keeps Servicemembers on the Leading Edge

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  • By Staff Sgt. Michael Matkin
  • 161st Air Refueling Wing
The 161st Air Refueling Wing activated the 161st Force Support Squadron during a ceremony here Oct. 06.

The ceremony saw the joining of two flights into one squadron, the 161st Services Flight and the 161st Mission Support Flight.

"We celebrate the past as we consolidate two flights, and we celebrate the future by passing command of a new squadron to its Commander," said Chief Master Sgt. Enrique Rivera, 161st Mission Support Group Chief.

He continued, "Today's ceremony is somewhat unique as we will witness the joining of two flights into one squadron. The [servicemembers] from both flights will join together and form the new force support team."

Col. Kyle Kobashigawa, 161st Mission Support Group Commander thanked the commander of the previously separated flights:

"1st Lt. Jeffrey D Robertson, thank you for your past service as the 161st Services Flight Commander and your continual service as a leader in the new Force Support Squadron. Maj. Lorri Conley, thank you for working to ensure a smooth transition in combining the Services Flight into the new Force Support Squadron."

The new organization is the result of an ongoing Air Force-wide merger of mission support and services and is expected to be completed in 2010.

"Both flights served a unique and different purpose, but both provided support to airmen from the beginning of their careers to the end, as well as everything in-between," said Maj. Lorri Conley, 161 FSS Commander. "The new squadron will keep us on the leading edge - ready to go into battle, and return safe and sound."

"Today is a special day and will be a stepping stone into the future," said 1st Lt. Jeffrey Robertson, Services and Readiness Officer In Charge.