Tuesday, November 29, 2011

TOP STORY >> Two ex-commanders here named generals

Two recent former commanders at Little Rock Air Force Base, Gregory S. Otey and Charles K. Hyde, have been promoted to brigadier general.

Nominated for promotion Mon-day, Otey is a senior executive officer to the vice chief of staff at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon. He was commander of the 19th Airlift Wing here from 2009-10.

A 1987 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he earned his pilot’s wings in 1989.

Otey is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in military aircraft, including the C-130E and the state-of-the-art C-130J.

Hyde, who commanded the 314th Airlift Wing here in 2006-08, is now the commander of 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

He leads a wing composed of six groups and 29 squadrons across three bases in Germany, Spain and Belgium.

The wing’s mission is to conduct the Air Force’s only airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation flying operations, as well as provide rapid-mobility and expeditionary-combat support for military operations.

After leaving LRAFB as a colonel, he was the deputy director of intelligence, operations and nuclear integration for flying training headquarters at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

He is a 1987 distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy.