May 27, 2004 (by Eric L. Palmer) - Col. Robin Rand, commander of the 8th Fighter Wing - the "Wolf Pack" - relinquished command to Col. William W. Uhle Jr. in a 9 a.m. ceremony yesterday at Kunsan Air Base.
Kunsan is an austere 650-acre base on South Korea
's western coast, 100 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone. The 51st Fighter Wing, the other U.S. fighter wing in South Korea, is at Osan, 48 miles south of the DMZ.
Uhle moves to Kunsan from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., where he was vice commander of the 20th Fighter Wing.
Rand is slated for promotion to brigadier general. His next assignment is as commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. He became commander of the 8th Fighter Wing in May 2003. The wing commander's position is a one-year tour.
Uhle is a command pilot with more than 2,450 flight hours, including 145 combat hours, according to the Air Force. Commissioned in 1981 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, he has held various flying and staff assignments in Japan, Turkey
, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
He has served as a NATO
staff officer, chief of the Weapons Requirements Division at Air Force headquarters, director of combat operations with the Joint Task Force Southwest Asia and has commanded an operational test and evaluation squadron composed of F-16C, F-15C and F-15E aircraft.
Rand was commissioned in 1979 from the Air Force Academy. Before his assignment to Kunsan, Rand was U.S. Air Force Weapons School commandant at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. A command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, he also has been assigned to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and has served as a deputy operations group commander.