Monday, July 03, 2017

TOP STORY >> Base to get a new chief

Little Rock Air Force will welcome a new commander at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a ceremony at Herc Hall, where Col. Charles Brown will pass the guidon to Col. Gerald Donohue as commander of 19th Airlift Wing, the air base’s host wing.

Donohue was most recently 86th Operations Group commander at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The group also leads operations at two other airfields, Morón Air Base in Spain and Chièvres Air Base in Belgium.

Brown, who has led LRAFB for two years, is headed to Belgium, where he will be a senior assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Known as SHAPE, it is the headquarters of Allied Command Operations, which has controlled all NATO operations since 1949.

The current Supreme Allied Commander is Army Gen. Curtis Michael Scaparrotti, who took the post a year ago. Previous Supreme Allied Commanders have included Gens. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Alexander Haig, Wesley Clark and James L. Jones.