Active duty Airmen call Truax Field home

Lt. Col. J. Scott Gibson, commander of the 495th Fighter Group’s Detachment 176, and Col. James D. McCune, 495th Fighter Group commander, stand in front of a crowd of Airmen during an assumption of command ceremony in Hangar 406 on Truax Field, Madison, Wis., Feb. 7, 2015. Gibson will ultimately be responsible for 40 active duty personnel and four pilots at the 115th Fighter Wing as part of the Air Force’s total force integration, a program designed to integrate active duty and guard Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Rhode)

Lt. Col. J. Scott Gibson, commander of the 495th Fighter Group’s Detachment 176, and Col. James D. McCune, 495th Fighter Group commander, stand in front of a crowd of Airmen during an assumption of command ceremony in Hangar 406 on Truax Field, Madison, Wis., Feb. 7, 2015. Gibson will ultimately be responsible for 40 active duty personnel and four pilots at the 115th Fighter Wing as part of the Air Force’s total force integration, a program designed to integrate active duty and guard Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Rhode)

Lt. Col. J. Scott Gibson, commander of the 495th Fighter Group’s Detachment 176, receives command from Col. James D. McCune, 495th Fighter Group commander, during an assumption of command ceremony in Hangar 406 on Truax Field, Madison, Wis., Feb. 7, 2015. Gibson will ultimately be responsible for 40 active duty personnel and four pilots at the 115th Fighter Wing as part of the Air Force’s total force integration, a program designed to integrate active duty and guard Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Rhode)

Lt. Col. J. Scott Gibson, commander of the 495th Fighter Group’s Detachment 176, receives command from Col. James D. McCune, 495th Fighter Group commander, during an assumption of command ceremony in Hangar 406 on Truax Field, Madison, Wis., Feb. 7, 2015. Gibson will ultimately be responsible for 40 active duty personnel and four pilots at the 115th Fighter Wing as part of the Air Force’s total force integration, a program designed to integrate active duty and guard Airmen. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Rhode)

MADISON, Wis. -- Active duty Airmen officially became a part of Truax Field following an assumption of command ceremony in Hangar 406 here Feb. 7.

Lt. Col. J. Scott Gibson, commander of the 495th Fighter Group's Detachment 176, stationed at Dane County Regional Airport-Truax Field, was sworn in by Col. James D. McCune, 495th Fighter Group commander.

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to stand up here and be a part of both the 495th Fighter Group and the 115th Fighter Wing," Gibson said. "It's not us, the active duty, and you, the guard. It's just we, the Airmen of this wing."

Gibson will ultimately be responsible for 40 active duty personnel and four pilots as part of the Air Force's total force integration. The TFI is designed to meet the needs of today's Air Force while keeping within current budget realities. It has been utilized in the fight and will now be integrated at home.

"We're going to get young aviators, young maintainers, young support personnel, and they are going to work right alongside those of you in the guard who have been doing this for a lot longer than they have," Gibson said.

This will be the first time active duty and guardsmen were both stationed at Truax Field in more than 40 years. Gibson shared his excitement about combining both components, organizing the mix, and giving back to the Combat Air Force.

"We're going to give back to the CAF," he said. "We're going to give them more experience, better aviators, better maintainers and better support personnel."

McCune wrapped up his speech by directing advice to the new commander.

"You were picked specifically for the talents you have, so don't ever change who you are," McCune said. "I charge you to lead with empathy - to look into and understand each one of these Airmen. Everyone brings something to the table and it's your job to figure out how they fit into that team and how to get the most out of them so this team can operate at high levels. All of these wonderful Airmen here are a great privilege and responsibility. It is your job to serve them, not the other way around."
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