New commander for 192nd Fighter Wing announced

RICHMOND, Va. — Col. Thomas K. Wark has been selected to succeed Col. Brian Turner as the commander of 192nd Fighter Wing based at Joint Air Base Langley-Eustis, according to an announcement made Jan. 12 by Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia.

The effective date for the change of command will be March 4, 2012, and a change of command ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the 94th Fighter Squadron Hanger at Langley Air Force Base. The assignment is a result of Turner’s decision to retire and accept a civilian job opportunity.

“Col. Turner dedicated over 24 years of exemplary service to the Nation,” Long said in the statement. “As a command pilot, he had more than 3,900 flying hours in the F-16 and the F-22A, including more than 300 hours of combat time in Southwest Asia and the Baltics.”

Long said that as the 192d Fighter Wing commander, Turner led the wing through continuous improvements within a complex Total Force Integration as well as success in five MAJCOM-level inspections.

“I wish Colonel Turner and his family all the best as he enters the next phase of his professional career,” Long said.

Wark comes to the position after serving most recently at National Guard Bureau. “Col. Wark brings a tremendous amount of command and staff experience to the 192nd Fighter Wing,” Long said. “His leadership skills coupled with his service on the NGB staff will serve him and the 192nd Fighter Wing well.”