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164th AW welcomes new commander

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  • By Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan
  • 164th Airlift Wing

Col. Matthew Brancato, 164th Airlift Wing incoming commander, formally assumed command of the 164th AW from the outgoing commander, Col. Raymond Robinson, IV, during a change of command ceremony at Memphis Air National Guard Base, Tennessee, August 1, 2020.

Brancato joins the 164th AW team after completing National War College at the National Defense University in Fort McNair, Washington D.C.  

“The 164th consistently steps up to meet every challenge here at home or while supporting our federal missions around the world,” Brancato said. “You have my commitment that I will do everything that I can to ensure the 164th leads the way in the C-17 community and that our Airmen and their families’ wellness remains a top priority.”

Col. Robinson will be transitioning to Tennessee Joint Force Headquarters as the Director of Operations.

“It has been and honor and the highlight of my career to serve as your Wing Commander,” Robinson said. “Your commitment to excellence will ensure we are prepared for operations on behalf of our State and Nation.”

As the 164th AW commander, Brancato is responsible for organizing, training and equipping 1,000 personnel who operate, maintain and sustain the unit’s fleet of C-17 aircraft that are engaged in worldwide combat and humanitarian aerial delivery operations.

“I’d like to thank Col. Robinson for his incredible leadership of this championship team,” Brancato said. “I look forward to the challenge of following in his footsteps here at the 164th.”