Friday, May 13, 2011

TOP STORY > >Colonel to assume command

Col. Harold S. Eggensperger of Cabot will assume command of the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard at 2 p.m. Sunday at Little Rock Air Force Base.

The change-of-command ceremony will be held in the aircraft hangar.

Col. James Sum-mers, who has commanded the unit since 2007, will relinquish command of the unit and hand over responsibility to Eggensperger.

Summers will transfer command to Brig. Gen. Dwight Balch, the commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard, who will in turn hand the new responsibility of command to Eggensperger.

Eggensperger is the commander of the 189th Operations Group and is responsible for the training, administration and employment of forces and conducts initial, mission and instructor-qualification aircrew training for the Department of Defense and more than 20 allied nations.

Eggensperger was born in Fayetteville and graduated from high school in Conway in 1979. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering and earned a master’s of science degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas in 1989.

He attended undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., and is a command pilot with more than 6,600 flying hours in the C-130, T-38 and T-37 aircraft.

Summers, who is retiring after 32 years, is a command pilot with more than 9,700 flying hours.