FORT HOOD — U.S. Air Force Col. Aaron L. Ullman handed the reins of the 3rd Air Support Operations Group over to U.S. Air Force Col. Charles M. Drouillard on Monday during a change of command ceremony held at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.
The Air Force unit is a combat support unit which provides specialized airmen to U.S. Army units to call in precision air strikes during combat. The unit also provides all weather forecasts for the units they support. The “Phantom Air” unit consists of units at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Riley, Kansas.
Approximately 60 percent of the roughly 1,000 airmen are deployed at any given time, said Ullman. The airmen are embedded with Army units in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, South America and in Eastern Europe.
“I’m very thankful to have this opportunity in my life to be in such a position ... It’s very gratifying,” he said of his time in command. “These are the greatest airmen in the world.”
Ullman is moving to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to be the director of safety at Global Strike Command. Drouillard comes to the command from serving as the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Panel chair at the Pentagon.