F-16 Fighting Falcon News

366th Fighter Wing gets new commander

June 28, 2006 (by Joachim Jacob) - According to "The Gunfighter", official base newspaper for Mountain Home AFB, near Boise, Idaho, during a change-of-command ceremony on May 31 afternoon Col. Anthony J. "Tony" Rock assumed command of the 366th Fighter Wing "Gunfighters" (ACC), beginning an anticipated two-year tour of duty.

An F-16C Block 52 from the 366th Wing at Mountain Home AFB launching an AGM-88 HARM [USAF photo]

Col. Rock, who relieved Col. Charles Shugg, now leads a composite fighter wing of more than 4,800 military and civilian members. The wing includes three flying squadrons: the 389th Fighter Squadron "Thunderbolts" (shortened "T-Bolts") with F-16CJs block 52, the 390th Fighter Squadron "Wild Boars" with F-15C Eagles and the 391st Fighter Squadron "Bold Tigers" with F-15E Strike Eagles.

The wing's outgoing commander, Col. Charles Shugg, leaves Mountain Home AFB to command the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing.

In contrast to the change-of-command ceremony date, the offical USAF public biography of Col. Rock states that he is the 366th FW commander since June 13, 2006.

According to this bio, Col. Rock graduated from the University of Texas and later earned his Air Force commission through Officer Training School. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and went on to serve as an instructor pilot and flight examiner at the training base. During his career, the colonel served as a plans and operations officer, fighter squadron commander and wing vice commander with assignments at Air Force installations in Florida, Virginia and Germany. His staff duties include serving as the plans and operations officer at the Joint Warfighting Center at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and later as the deputy director of requirements for Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Col. Rock is a command pilot whit more than 4,000 flight hours in T-37s, T-38s, T-41s and F-15s.

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