Col Jonathan T. Wall Assumes 172d Airlift Wing Command Published Feb. 4, 2013 By TSgt Ed Staton 172d Airlift Wing 4 Feb 2013 -- With the mission of providing global airlift support still moving forward, members of the 172d Airlift wing recently paused for a change of command ceremony that resulted in Col Jonathan T. Wall replacing the wing's outgoing commander, Brig Gen William Crisler. With Congressmen Gregg Harper in attendance along with other dignitaries, Col Wall said that the 172d AW would continue focusing on an important future for the wing that flies essential airlift missions with their fleet of nine C-17 Globemaster aircraft. The new wing commander also recognized the new Airmen in attendance and focused on how they will be vital in continuing the wing's successful legacy. "They're our future." said Wall during the ceremony. "They're smart, young, diverse and innovative. They want a challenge and they've joined an operational focused unit with a legacy of excellence and success. You have technical knowledge and you should apply it, grow it and master it." Mississippi 3rd Congressional district representative Gregg Harper reminded wing members of the important job they have of saving lives and how the wing's new leadership will provide a smooth transition towards continued success. "I know two characteristics that stick out," said Harper when referring to Wall's leadership. "One is fairness and the other is a servant's heart. He will lead you in a great way for the years to come." Wall has held key command and staff positions at the 172d AW. A Command/Evaluator pilot, the Newton County, Miss. native has participated in several operation deployments including Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Prior to his new position, Wall was the 172d's Vice Wing Commander.