Brooks Takes Command of Refueling Group Published May 21, 2011 By TSgt. Dan Heaton 127th Wing Public Affairs SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Lt. Col David Brooks has assumed command of the 127th Air Refueling Group. Brooks had been most recently serving as the commander of the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, a part of the 127th ARG. Lt. Col. Philip Sheridan had been serving as the 127th ARG commander, but he was recently selected as the 127th Wing vice commander. Brooks assumed command during a traditional ceremony held in one of the aircraft hangars that serves as the home to the 127th ARG at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The ceremony was held 21 May, 2011. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brooks served about 10 years of active duty with the Air Force before transferring into the Michigan Air National Guard. He has been serving at Selfridge since 1999. Brooks initially was a C-130 Hercules pilot and then a T-37 Tweet instructor pilot for the Air Force. More recently, he has flown KC-135 Stratotankers while working in a variety of capacities at Selfridge. He led the 171st ARS during that unit's conversion from flying C-130s to KC-135s and guided the unit to standing up several new missions. "He has done it all as a leader during the conversion and is ready for this promotion," Brig. Gen. Michael Peplinski, 127th Wing commander, said during the ceremony. Brooks told the Airmen in his command that the Group has faced many rapid changes over the past several years, "but you have always answered the call." He called on the Group's Airmen to continue to strive for excellence "to enhance our position as the premier KC-135 unit in the Air Force." Also during the May UTA, Peplinski announced that Lt. Col. Stanley Krasovic has been named the new 171st ARS squadron commander, to replace Brooks in that role.