Denfeld News

Oct. 11, 2006
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133rd Airlift Wing announces new commander
By First Lt. Sheree Savage, 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

After nearly two and a half years as wing commander, Col. Timothy Cossalter announced on Wednesday, Oct. 11, that he is passing command responsibilities to Col. Greg Haase starting in the middle of November.

As commander of both the 148th Fighter Wing and the 133rd Airlift Wing, Col. Cossalter valued the opportunity to get to know the people and mission during his time in command, he explained.

“My advice to the new commander is to encourage people to do their jobs and let them do their jobs, and then recognize them when they do well,” said Col. Cossalter.

As Col. Cossalter accepts his promotion of brigadier general and moves to Minnesota National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters as the senior commanding officer of the 2,600 Air National Guardsmen in the state, Col. Haase accepts the direct responsibility to lead the 133rd Airlift Wing’s 1,300 members.

Although Col. Haase is leaving command of the 133rd Maintenance Group, he is eager to make a positive impact on many more wing members.

“I look forward to watching individuals grow and succeed while finding happiness in their career field,” said Col. Haase. “And at the end of the day, I want to feel I had a part in it.”

The official change of command ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19, at the 133 AW.

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