Wing commander slated for new assignment; new commander named

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Col. David Iverson, shown here from this photo taken in 2010, was named as the new commander of the 366th Fighter Wing. A change of command ceremony is planned for Feb. 18 at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

A week after he was nominated for promotion to brigadier general, the commander of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base was selected for a new assignment.

Col. Chris Short, who took command at the local fighter wing in April 2012, was selected to command the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

A change of command ceremony is planned for Feb. 18 at the base.

The wing's incoming commander is Col. David R. Iverson, who currently serves as the director of operations for U.S. Forces Japan at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Iverson has flown the F-15E Strike Eagle in an operational and test flight capacity at bases in Alaska, North Carolina and Nevada.

He was also a squadron commander at RAF Lakenheath, England. A graduate of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, he has more than 4,400 flying hours, including more than 750 combat hours.

A majority of his flight time was in the F-15E Strike Eagle.

The colonel previously served in the Air Staff's Strategy Cell, known as Checkmate. He was also assigned to the secretary of the Air Force's legislative liaison office.

His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor device, two Bronze Stars and the Combat Action Medal.

He has a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

Short will take command of the 57th Wing at Nellis. According to officials there, the wing represents the most diverse unit in the Air Force. The 57th provides advanced aerospace training to international combat air forces and showcases aerospace power to the world.

In addition to overseeing the base's daily flying operations, the wing conducts advanced aircrew, space, logistics and command and control training through the Air Force Weapons School and during Red Flag and Green Flag exercises.

The wing also supports the Air Force Warfare Center test and evaluation programs as well as the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron.

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