Keesler’s 81st Training Wing commander relieved of duty

The Second Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen Michele Edmondson, relieved the Col. William H. Hunter as wing commander at Keesler Air Force Base today, for a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to effectively command the 81st Training Wing.

Hunter took over the 81st Training Wing in June 2021.

“Commanders must uphold the highest personal and professional standards and maintain a healthy, inclusive command climate in their unit,” said Edmondson. “The training mission at Keesler Air Force Base builds Airmen who are foundational to the future of the Air Force. We remain committed to the success of Keesler’s mission.”

Col. Jason D. Allen was temporarily appointed as commander of the 81st Training Wing.

“The position of command is a position of trust,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Robinson, commander of Air Education and Training Command. “Every commander, at every level, has the inherent responsibility to promote and safeguard that trust. This is what our Airmen deserve and expect.”

Located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, trains more than 28,000 students annually with an average daily student load of more than 2,700. The wing is a lead Joint Training Installation, instructing not only Air Force, but Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and civilian federal agency personnel.

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