Whitehead named 127th Wing command chief

The five most recent command chief master sergeants of the 127th Wing gather at Selfridge Air National Guard Base during the annual awards ceremony at the base, Dec. 5, 2015. Pictured are Chief Master Sgts. (ret) Michael Dalton, Stephen Krajewski and Keith Edwards; and Chief Master Sgts. Robert Dobson and Tony Whitehead. During the ceremony, Whitehead replaced Dobson as the Wing’s current command chief. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)

The five most recent command chief master sergeants of the 127th Wing gather at Selfridge Air National Guard Base during the annual awards ceremony at the base, Dec. 5, 2015. Pictured are Chief Master Sgts. (ret) Michael Dalton, Stephen Krajewski and Keith Edwards; and Chief Master Sgts. Robert Dobson and Tony Whitehead. During the ceremony, Whitehead replaced Dobson as the Wing’s current command chief. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)

Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing commander, shakes hands with newly-appointed 127th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Tony Whitehead during the 127th Wing Annual Awards Ceremony at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Dec. 5, 2015. Behind Slocum and Whitehead is Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dobson, who completed his service as the Wing’s command chief during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)

Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing commander, shakes hands with newly-appointed 127th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Tony Whitehead during the 127th Wing Annual Awards Ceremony at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Dec. 5, 2015. Behind Slocum and Whitehead is Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dobson, who completed his service as the Wing’s command chief during the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)

Chief Master Sgt. Tony Whitehead, command chief for the 127th Wing, addresses the Airmen of the Wing after assuming his duties as command chief during the Wing’s annual awards ceremony at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Dec. 5, 2015. Listening to Whitehead are 127th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum and 127th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dobson. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)

Chief Master Sgt. Tony Whitehead, command chief for the 127th Wing, addresses the Airmen of the Wing after assuming his duties as command chief during the Wing’s annual awards ceremony at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Dec. 5, 2015. Listening to Whitehead are 127th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum and 127th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dobson. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- The 127th Wing has a new command chief master sergeant.

Chief Master Sgt. Tony Whitehead assumed the duties of the Wing's senior enlisted member during the Wing's annual awards ceremony during the December RSD (regularly scheduled drill). During the ceremony, the wing's outgoing command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dobson, passed the baton to Whitehead. Dobson will remain with the Wing to help with the transition and to manage the student flight program.

As the wing command chief, Whitehead will serve as the primary advisor on all enlisted matters for Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, the 127th Wing commander. Whitehead will also provide leadership to the enlisted force and serve as the functional managers for group superintendents and first sergeants in the Wing.

Whitehead, previously served two years as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

During his remarks in the formal ceremony, Whitehead mentioned he is looking forward to being a part of the future growth of the 127th Wing is glad to be a part of the Selfridge family.
"I plan to be visible and engaged," Whitehead said.

Whitehead served on active duty in the Air Force and as a member of the Florida Air National Guard, His background encompasses a myriad of positions and assignments in the Security Forces career field.

Slocum praised Dobson upon his retirement.

"He has been a wise counsel," said the general "It has been one team, one voice working together in leadership. He has been a great help to the men and women of the 127th Wing."

During Dobson's speech he requested the guests seated in the front rows to turn around and recognize the members of the 127th Wing: "These are the men and women who protect and serve by an oath to protect even if it means their life," he told the audience.

"It was an honor and privilege to serve as command chief for the past five years," Dobson said. "Chief Whitehead is an experienced and capable, the wing is in very good hands."

About the 127th Wing
Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command operations by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 98th year of continuous military air operations in 2015.