New commander for Nevada Air Guard wing

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, also known as the High Rollers, got a new commander on Saturday.

Col. Jacob Hammons, new commander of the Nevada Air National Guard. Photo from a video by Tech Sgt. Garrett Wake.

Col. Jacob Hammons of Las Vegas, an F-16 pilot, replaced Col. Eric Wade during a ceremony at the Nevada Air National Guard Base.

“I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to lead the ‘High Rollers,’” Hammons, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate in 2000 and F-16 pilot with more than 500 combat hours flown in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “The 152nd Airlift Wing has a prestigious history here in the Reno-Sparks community. I'm excited to be part of that history. We will work together to make this the finest Airlift Wing in the U.S. Air Force.”

The High Rollers had a reconnaissance mission but in 1996 changed to become an airlift wing. The guard said it has 1,016 Airmen, about three-quarters serving one weekend a month and two weeks each year as traditional Guardsmen in a reserve force that supports the federal government overseas along with natural and man-made disaster response in Nevada and around the U.S.

The unit also well operates the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS, for large-scale wildland firefighting around the nation.

“It's been an honor serving as the commander of the ‘High Rollers’ of the 152nd Airlift Wing,” the outgoing Wade said in a statement. He is the last RF-4C aviator from the 152nd Reconnaissance Group. “As a northern Nevada native — a graduate of Reno High and University of Nevada — I couldn't have imagined a more fulfilling assignment at the tail end of my career in the U.S. Air Force than leading the fine men and women of the 152nd Airlift Wing.”

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