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Joint Base Charleston Clinic MTF News

Team Charleston bids farewell to Col. John Wood - 437 AW commander

Team Charleston brought home awards for best C-17 air refueling crew, best C-17 short field landing crew and best maintenance pre-flight team when they returned to Charleston AFB July 25 after participating in Rodeo 2009. Rodeo 2009 was held at McChord AFB, Wash., July 19 through 24 where more than 100 teams and 2.500 people from around the world were expected to participate. More than 70 awards were handed out during the competition's closing ceremony July 24.

Team Charleston, led by Col. John Wood, brought home awards for best C-17 air refueling crew, best C-17 short field landing crew and best maintenance pre-flight team when they returned to Charleston Air Force Base July 25, 2009 after participating in Rodeo 2009 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rose Alexander)

Col. John Wood, right, and Col. Benjamin Wham and lead 437th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight members on a ruck march here Oct. 27. The EOD personnel train with ruck sacks to prepare for embedding with sister services and foreign special forces in a dismounted capacity while deployed. Colonel Wood is the 437th Airlift Wing commander and Colonel Wham is the 437th Mission Support Group commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Bowman)

Col. John Wood, right, and Col. Benjamin Wham lead the 437th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight members on a ruck march here Oct. 27, 2009. The EOD personnel train with ruck sacks to prepare for embedding with sister services and foreign special forces in a dismounted capacity while deployed. Colonel Wham is the 628th Mission Support Group commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Bowman)

Col. John Wood serves Airman 1st Class Joe Pears a plate of food during the Thanksgiving dinner held at the Robert D. Gaylord Dining Facility here Nov. 26. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixings were served to active-duty military and their families. Colonel Wood is the 437th Airlift Wing commander and Airman Pears is a passenger service agent with the 437th Aerial Port Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown)

Col. John Wood serves Airman 1st Class Joe Pears during the Thanksgiving dinner held at the Robert D. Gaylord Dining Facility here Nov. 26, 2009. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixings were served to active-duty military and their families. Airman Pears is a passenger service agent with the 437th Aerial Port Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown)

Col. John Wood bows his head for the invocation at the 628th Air Base Wing assumption of command ceremony here Jan. 8. The ceremony served as a key moment in Charleston AFB's ongoing transition to merge with Naval Weapons Station Charleston as Joint Base Charleston. Colonel Wood is the commander of the 437th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)

Col. John Wood bows his head for the invocation at the 628th Air Base Wing assumption of command ceremony here Jan. 8, 2010. The ceremony served as a key moment in Charleston AFB's ongoing transition to merge with Naval Weapons Station Charleston as Joint Base Charleston. Colonel Wood is the commander of the 437th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)

Col. John Wood passes the 437th Maintenance Group guideon to Col. James Clavenna at Nose Dock 2 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., during the the 437 MXG change of command ceremony Aug. 12, 2010. Command of the group was relinquished from Col. Tammy Livingood, who took command in June 2007 and retired from active military service. Colonel Clavenna comes to Charleston after his previous assignment with the Air Force Fellows Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany. Colonel Wood is the 437th Airlift Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nicole Mickle)

Col. John Wood passes the 437th Maintenance Group guideon to Col. James Clavenna at Nose Dock 2 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., during the the 437 MXG change of command ceremony Aug. 12, 2010. Command of the group was relinquished from Col. Tammy Livingood, who took command in June 2007 and retired from active military service. Colonel Clavenna came to Charleston after his previous assignment with the Air Force Fellows Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany. Colonel Wood is the 437th Airlift Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nicole Mickle)

Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene and Col. John Wood serve lunch to Staff Sgt. Donald Robinson at the Gaylor Dining Facility on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 1, 2010. The 437th command chief and commander sat down with 18 Airmen from various squadrons from the 437th Airlift Wing to discuss topics that concerned Airmen. The Airmen were also given a chance to ask their senior leadership questions during the quarterly luncheon. Chief Greene is the 437 AS command chief, Colonel Wood is the 437 AS commander and Sergeant Robinson is a medical administrator with the 315th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)

Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene and Col. John Wood serve lunch to Staff Sgt. Donald Robinson at the Gaylor Dining Facility on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 1, 2010. The 437th command chief and commander sat down with 18 Airmen from various squadrons from the 437th Airlift Wing to discuss topics that concerned Airmen. The Airmen were also given a chance to ask their senior leadership questions during the quarterly luncheon. Chief Greene is the 437 AW command chief, Colonel Wood is the 437 AW commander and Sergeant Robinson is a medical administrator with the 315th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)

Col. John Wood gives his opening remarks during the combat dining out on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 17, 2010. The 437th Airlift Wing hosted the event to promote esprit de corps within the ranks with food, drinks, fun, games and entertainment. Colonel Wood is the 437th Airlift Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/James M. Bowman)(Released)

Col. John Wood gives his opening remarks during the 437th Airlift Wing's combat dining out on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 17, 2010. The 437 AW hosted the event to promote esprit de corps within the ranks with food, drinks, fun, games and entertainment. Colonel Wood is the 437th Airlift Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/James M. Bowman)(Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene sprays Col. John Wood with a water gun during the opening of the combat dining out on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 17, 2010. The soaking continued throughout the evening as Airmen were pitted against each other. Colonel Wood is the 437th Airlift Wing commander and Chief Greene is the 437 AW command chief.  (U.S. Air Force photo/James M. Bowman)(Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene sprays Col. John Wood with a water gun during the opening of the 437th Airlift Wing's combat dining out on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 17, 2010. The soaking continued throughout the evening as Airmen were pitted against each other. Colonel Wood is the 437 AW commander and Chief Greene is the 437 AW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/James M. Bowman)(Released)

Major General Martin Mazick (right), vice commander for the Air Force Reserve Command, presents Colonel Steven Chapman (center), commander of the 315th Airlift Wing, the symbolic keys to the newest C-17 arriving at Joint Base Charleston.  Maj. Gen. Mazick and Col. Chapman are joined by Col. John Wood, commander of the 437th Airlift Wing (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shane Ellis)

Major General Martin Mazick (right), vice commander for the Air Force Reserve Command, presents Colonel Steven Chapman (center), commander of the 315th Airlift Wing, the symbolic keys to the newest C-17 arriving at Joint Base Charleston. Maj. Gen. Mazick and Col. Chapman are joined by Col. John Wood, commander of the 437th Airlift Wing (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shane Ellis)

Col. John Wood briefs children and family members participating in the Children's Deployment Line as he would deploying Airmen Nov. 13, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The Children's Deployment Line consisted of face painting, briefings, picking up combat gear, touring a C-17 and finally eating simulated Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs) for lunch. Colonel Wood is the commander of the 437th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Timothy Taylor)
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Col. John Wood briefs children and family members participating in the Children's Deployment Line Nov. 13, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The Children's Deployment Line consisted of face painting, briefings, picking up combat gear, touring a C-17 and eating simulated Meals, Ready-to-Eat for lunch. Colonel Wood is the commander of the 437th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Timothy Taylor)

Air Force Lt. Gen. Allen G. Peck hands the keys to Col. John Wood after delivering the newest C-17A to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston, S.C., Dec. 9, 2010. The arrival of the aircraft brings the total number of C-17s assigned to the wing to 58. General Peck is the Air University commander and Colonel Wood is the 437 AW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown)
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Air Force Lt. Gen. Allen G. Peck hands the keys to Col. John Wood after delivering the newest C-17A to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston, S.C., Dec. 9, 2010. The arrival of the aircraft brought the total number of C-17s assigned to the wing to 58. General Peck is the Air University commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown)

Air Force Col. John Wood salutes Brig. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II as he taxis the newest C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on the Joint Base Charleston, S.C., flightline Dec. 22, 2010. The arrival of the aircraft brings the total number of C-17s assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing to 59. General Everhart is the 618th Air and Space Operations vice commander and Colonel Wood is the 437th AW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown)
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Air Force Col. John Wood salutes Brig. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II as he taxis the newest C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on the Joint Base Charleston, S.C., flightline Dec. 22, 2010. The arrival of the aircraft brings the total number of C-17s assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing to 59. General Everhart is the 618th Air and Space Operations vice commander and Colonel Wood is the 437th AW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown)

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON -- Col. John Wood will be turning over command of the 437th Airlift Wing to Colonel Erik Hansen, March 29.

"I arrived in May 2009 to a great wing with great history. I've seen our Airmen and Civilians in action for the last two years, and I know why the 437th Airlift Wing has such a wonderful history: the people at Team Charleston are the best the Air Force has to offer! Thank you for your efforts volunteering to serve our Nation, it has been an honor to serve with you..."

Colonel John Wood, USAF
Commander, 437th Airlift Wing

Join Team Charleston in bidding farewell to Colonel Wood at the following events scheduled for March 28.

Golf Tournament - Wrenwoods Golf Course

The cost is $28 per person for 18 holes and cart rental. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to Wrenwoods Golf Course at 963-1834 or e-mail aaron.sales@us.af.mil.

Farewell at the Charleston Club

The cost is $13 per person and guests are asked to come dressed in their favorite baseball jersey or shirt. The social and buffet begins at 4 p.m. and presentations begin at 4:45 p.m. RSVP to 963-3201 or e-mail mary.naiman@us.af.mil.