Col. Britt A. Watson, the incoming commander of the 172nd Airlift Wing, speaks at the change of command ceremony for the 172nd Airlift Wing at Thompson Field, Jackson, Mississippi, Feb. 6, 2022. Watson is a command pilot with more than 4,000 total hours and 300 combat hours. The 172nd Airlift Wing’s mission is to improve combat capability in defense of the nation and in support of the state of Mississippi. The primary weapon system of the 172nd Airlift Wing is the C-17 Globemaster III. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 aids in potential armed contingencies, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions worldwide. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Shardae McAfee)
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